Buffalo Bills Offseason Preview: Is It Time to Trade Lee Evans?

Robert QuinnCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Lee Evans #83  of the Buffalo Bills makes a finger tip catch against Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills won 14-12. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver, Lee Evans, has been a model citizen while never having a taste of the postseason. Unlike the prima donna wideouts of this era, Evans has kept his mouth shut throughout his seven year career, never once blaming a quarterback or fellow teammate for the Bills' struggles.

However, after fellow wide receiver, Stevie Johnson, had a monster breakout season, catching 82 passes for 1,073 yards, and 10 touchdowns, many Bills fans are wondering if it is time to trade Lee Evans. 

While Johnson was having a year to remember, Evans had statistically the worst season of his career, making just 37 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns, only to suffer an injury that caused him to miss the last three games of the year. 

Lee Evans turns 30 this offseason, the ugly number that usually coincides with a decline in production. 

The Bills have a lot of talent at wide receiver, with the play of Steve Johnson, as well as undrafted rookies David Nelson, who made 31 catches for 353 yards and three touchdowns, and got better and better as the year progressed, as well as Donald Jones, who saw increased time when Evans went down.

Furthermore, Roscoe Parrish dashed out of the doghouse that he was locked in during the Jauron-era, serving as a reliable and speedy slot receiver, making 33 receptions for 400 yards and three touchdowns before his year ended after 10 games, due to a hand injury.

Evans' value is as high as it will ever get, and if the Bills were to part ways with him, they may be able to scrounge up a few much-needed draft picks in the third-to-fifth round range. 

However, finding a trade partner may not be as easy as one would think. According to RotoWorld.com Evans is due about $8.4 million this season, in addition to a $3 million offseason roster bonus. 

Without the salary cap, the Bills could afford to eat the $3 million bonus, but not many teams would eat the $8 million salary of a 30-year-old wide receiver, who has only had two years of 60+ reception seasons, has gained over 1,000 yards just twice, and has never scored 10 touchdowns in a season in his entire career. 

While I believe that Lee Evans has been a great leader and a reliable weapon on offense, it may be in the best interest of both the Buffalo Bills and Lee Evans to part ways.