Could Lee Evans Draw Interest from St. Louis Rams with Mark Clayton Injured?

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3:  Lee Evans #83 of the Buffalo Bills looks to catch the ball during their NFL game against the New York Jets on December 3, 2009  at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Jets defeated the Bills 19-13. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford has been a sight for sore eyes in St. Louis this season, thanks to the addition of wide receiver Mark Clayton.

Clayton quickly emerged as Bradford's favorite receiving weapon. The QB targeted the seasoned veteran 42 times, connecting on 23 for 306 yards and two touchdowns on the year.

All of that changed yesterday against the Detroit Lions when Clayton suffered a season-ending knee injury. That leaves the Rams with Danny Amendola, rookie Mardy Gilyard, and injured Laurent Robinson left for Bradford, who had led the Rams to an inspiring 2-2 record entering Sunday's game.

Every young quarterback needs a veteran wide receiver that will not only be consistent in route running and moving the chains, but also acting as a security blanket to give that young man confidence.

Enter Lee Evans. The Buffalo Bills wide receiver is used to being on losing teams, serving his first seven seasons in the National Football League in Orchard Park, New York, catching passes from six different quarterbacks.

The Bills recently released their former starting quarterback Trent Edwards and traded former first-round draft pick Marshawn Lynch for a fourth-round pick.

The front office in Buffalo is holding firm that they are building through the draft and aren't going to make any big splashes in free agency or trading for big time players.

Lee Evans would give Sam Bradford and the Rams exactly what Mark Clayton gave them. Both are 5'10", but Evans has seven pounds on Clayton's 190-pound frame.

Evans has caught 355 passes for 5,537 yards and 40 touchdowns, but his production has been reduced this season to just 15 catches for 181 yards and a touchdown.

Evans isn't the type of receiver that will call out his teammates or display the kind of behavior that can take confidence away from young quarterbacks who are still in their maturing stage.

The only problem with this trade is that Evans is one of the highest paid receivers in the league after signing a four-year, $37 million extension through 2012.

If the Bills are willing to part ways with Evans, who is a solid receiver on a terrible team, they could easily garner at least a third-round draft pick for him.

At 0-5, there isn't much else to lose.