WR Lee Evans is now a Baltimore Raven, following a trade Friday afternoon that sent a 2012 fourth-round pick back to the Bills.
Evans, a first-round pick in 2004, spent seven seasons in Buffalo. His best season came in 2006, when he set career highs with 82 receptions and 1,292 yards. He had a below-average season for his standards in 2010, which was cut short by an ankle injury.
Known mainly as a downfield threat with a career average of more than 15 yards per reception, Evans will replace Derrick Mason in the Ravens' starting lineup. Mason was released earlier in the offseason and signed by the Jets.
The way we see it
For the Ravens, Evans adds yet another vertical threat, as the team continues to add team speed. They picked WR Torrey Smith in April's draft. The Bills are clearly comfortable that their young wide receivers, including David Nelson and free-agent addition Buster Davis, can make up for Evans' loss.