In receiver Lee Evans, the Ravens acquired a proven veteran to play alongside Anquan Boldin.
By trading Evans for a fourth-round draft pick yesterday, the Bills are putting their trust in a young group of receivers, who are suddenly minus their respected leader and five-time captain.
“We’re excited about getting Lee Evans,’’ Ravens coach John Harbaugh said a day after Baltimore opened the preseason with a 13-7 loss to Philadelphia. “He’s a proven player in this league, and a quality person who will fit in well on our team.’’
Evans is a seven-year veteran, who is a downfield threat with two 1,000-yard seasons. He is expected to step into the No. 2 role in to improve a passing attack after the Ravens released Derrick Mason and tight end Todd Heap last month.
“He’s a quality veteran receiver who stretches the field and gives us significant downfield presence,’’ Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “He’s the type of person you want on your team.’’
Evans’s best game last season came against the Ravens, when he had three TDs.
For the Bills, they were able to free up the $3.25 million in salary Evans was scheduled to make in the second-to-last year of his contract. And the move also allows Buffalo to provide additional playing time to a new group of receivers.
The trade was not well received by Bills veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, who questioned the move on his Twitter account.
“Sad day for the bills,’’ Florence wrote. “Are we trying to win now or later????’’
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