The Buffalo Bills changed their highest paid player today by sending receiver Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a selection.
The decision comes after days of speculation that the Bills are aligned offerings Evans. The draft is a fourth-round, according to ESPN.
Evans, 30, caught 37 passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns last season. In his career bills has 377 receptions for 5.934 yards and 43.
"I'm very excited about it," Evans told The News. "You see your team and what they have done in recent years and the staff they have. I am very excited to go there and be part of what we have in place. I will do everything possible to try to help them win ".
"Personally I think it's a big step for Lee," said agent based in St. Louis Evans, Ben Dogra. "Lee has had an amazing stay in Buffalo. I know for a fact that Buffalo likes. The organization has been very good to him and at some point in his business career, people have to make tough decisions. Buffalo obviously thinks this is a good fit for your team moving forward. I think it's an excellent way for Lee. "
Evans signed a contract extension in March 2009 that an average of $ 8.2 million a year. The agreement saves money Buffalo, although not a huge amount. Evans was due to $ 3.27 million in base salary this season. Buffalo already paid a $ 1 million when he reported to training camp. Evans contract runs out after the 2012 season.
The receiver is perhaps the deepest position in the team the Bills. However, the loss of a player the likes of Evans is a calculated risk by the general manager and coach Chan Gailey Buddy Nix. Evans is a deep threat that is based on respect for opposing defenses.
The agreement leaves Stevie Johnson as the Bills' No. 1 wide receiver. Roscoe Parrish and David Nelson are next on the depth chart and usually play out of the slot positions. Nelson can play outside , too. The Bills added the former first-round pick Buster Davis last week. It was signed after being released by San Diego. The Bills have high hopes for big fourth-round pick Marcus Easley, who missed his rookie year all the last season to injury. Second-year man Donald Jones is a lock to make the team. You can play outdoors as well. The agreement helps to supply Buffalo Naaman Roosevelt to make the team. Roosevelt was named to the roster 53 men in the latter part of last season and has looked good in camp.
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