The Baltimore Ravens are finally addressing their needs at the wide receiver position by acquiring Lee Evans from the Buffalo bills in exchange for a 4th round draft pick.
The Ravens acquiring Lee Evans, who is one of the NFL’s most consistent deep threats, should silence the critics and fans who complained when Malcom Floyd re-signed with the San Diego Chargers and Derrick Mason moved to the New York Jets. Evans is widely considered to be an upgrade over both of those free agents because he’s more proven than Floyd and is faster than Mason.
Leaving Buffalo as the Bills’ third all-time leader in receiving yards, Evans is expected to become the Ravens’ No. 2 receiver. His speed will go nicely with Anquan Boldin’s physical style. His 15.7-yards per catch average ranks 12th in the NFL since Evans came into the league in 2004.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome raved about Lee saying “He’s a quality veteran receiver who stretches the field and gives us a significant downfield presence. He’s the type of person you want on your team. He brings leadership and maturity to the locker room.”
This trade adds much-needed experience to the Ravens’ wide receiver group and allows the Bills to shed more salary. Evans, 30, is scheduled to make $3.275 million in 2011 and 2012, the final two years of his contract. His contract also reportedly includes an additional $1 million roster bonus due in 2012.
Shortly after the trade went through, Lee Evans released a statement saying “This is a very exciting time for me and my family and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to play for the Baltimore Ravens. I’m excited about the Ravens organization, players, and coaching staff and can’t wait to get started.”
Evans, the 13th overall pick in the 2004 draft, has averaged over 15 yards per catch in six of his seven NFL seasons in the NFL despite playing with five starting quarterbacks (J.P. Losman, Kelly Holcomb, Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm) in six seasons, and heavy winter weather in Buffalo that is better suited for running versus airing out the football.