RENTON, Wash. -- Jahri Evans took the field for the first time as a member of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and the six-time Pro Bowler sounded confident that he can be a difference-maker on his new team.
"I still feel like I'm a top guard in this league, if not the best," Evans said.
After spending the first 10 seasons of his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, Evans signed with the Seahawks on Saturday. The 32-year-old guard missed five games last season due to injury, and Pete Carroll said Evans will have to compete for playing time.
"He's not been told he's the starter or anything like that," Carroll said. "He's brought in to compete, and hopefully he'll add to the level of our play."
One option for the Seahawks would be to move Ifedi to right tackle and plug Evans in at right guard. But first, they need to see what Evans has left.
Asked if he had interest from other teams, Evans said, "Took a few visits, had a few phone calls. They chose other guys. I'm glad they did.
"[The Seahawks] are about winning. I've had 10 great years and won a lot of games, did a lot of good things, and it just feels good up here. It's a good offense, good scheme and [I'm] just looking to get to work."
Meanwhile, the Seahawks got good news on the injury front Sunday as running back Thomas Rawls was taken off the physically unable to perform list. Rawls had offseason surgery on his left ankle, which he injured in December.
"We'll be working him back into practice next week," Carroll said. "He looks like he's really ready to go. He's really anxious about it. He's been working very hard. I don't know if we'll be able to work him as hard at practice as they've been rehabbing him.
"We're not going to rush him at all. We'll take our time. We're just going to get him to feel his confidence and get that back. But it's great to see him back out there. And it means a lot to him, too. He's worked so hard to get here. And he finally crosses this threshold to get back with his teammates, so it's a good deal."
If healthy, Rawls is the favorite to be the Seahawks' primary running back in 2016.