ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Buffalo Bills have just traded WR Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens. Schefter adds that the Ravens sent a fourth-round pick to Buffalo which is a good deal when you consider that it was reported earlier that they were looking for a third-round pick in return for Evans.
There has been a lot of speculation regarding the Ravens wide receivers and last nights performance didn’t do much to change peoples opinion on the matter. Evans has proven to be a great vertical option in years past so that should work well with Anquan Boldin as the teams possession receiver and rookie Torrey Smith playing in the No. 3 slot.
Baltimore’s receiving core now has some promise but there’s still a lot of work to be done before they’re considered a great unit.
Mike Jurecki of Xtra910.com reports that the Bills are looking for a third-round pick in return for WR Lee Evans.
This could be enough to get a deal done with the Arizona Cardinals as they are sitting without a second-round pick which was believed to be an issue. Although getting rid of your second and third-round picks would leave them with a pretty dismal 2012 draft and the Cardinals still need plenty of help.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt insisted that they do not need another wide receiver following the teams victory over the Raiders last night.
“Everybody wants to talk about the No. 2 receiver but we really don’t get caught up in a No. 2,” Whisenhunt said via the Arizona Republic. “We run so many different packages where we involved three receivers, even four receivers, and there are a lot of times where we’ll tailor specific packages to fit the individual strengths of the receiver.”
Yes the Cardinals will continue to use other wide outs but we’ll see how opposing defenses choose to attack them when the season starts. You can expect Larry Fitzgerald to be double covered for a good majority of the time.
The recent injury to Carolina Panthers WR David Gettis leaves them pretty thin at wide receiver so it would make sense for them to consider trading for Lee Evans.
“A source from outside the Panthers organization tells me the team has inquired about Buffalo WR Lee Evans,” tweets Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette earlier Friday morning. “Interest level unclear.”
But he later followed up with “I’m told the Panthers are not going to trade for him. Never serious interest.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that a trade could be consummated within the next 24 hours.
So far the Cardinals and the Ravens have been only teams to be linked to Evans so far.
ESPN’s Ross Tucker tweets that Bills GM Buddy Nix wouldn’t rule out the possibility that WR Lee Evans could be traded in the coming days.
So far the Ravens have backed away from pursuing Evans but the Arizona Cardinals are still a team to watch. They need a better No. 2 option at wide receiver and Evans could end up benefiting greatly from playing opposite of Larry Fitzgerald.
Evans is currently 30 years old and is set to make $3.275 million plus a $1.5 million roster bonus for each of the next two seasons. The money that he’s due is the biggest obstacle to over come considering that it will end up cutting into the price that teams are willing to pay. Arizona is currently without their second-round pick in 2012 as they’ve already set that to Philadelphia which really complicates things further.