The Buffalo Bills need to trade Lee Evans right now.
As rumors spread violently about a potential deal that would ship him out of the only NFL team he has called home, the Bills organization needs to be proactive.
It has begun to affect Evans and look no further than comments
made after practice on Wednesday for your answer:
It’s hard for me to comment on it now. It’s one of those things where you’ve got to find out how much substance is behind it and see what happens. You see some blogs and hear some things around the Internet and on the news. So we just have to see what the truth is.
His production has slid over the years but that doesn’t mean there isn’t gas left in the tank.
Evans' receptions have dropped the past three seasons from 63 to 44 to 37. But he’s averaged over 15 yards per catch in six of seven seasons in the NFL.
Evans, 30, is scheduled to make $3.2M in 2011 and 2012, the final two years of his contract. That is a steal for a player whom has amassed 5,934 yards and 43 TDs since 2004.
He has been stuck with below-average QBs like Trent Edwards, JP Losman and Ryan Fitzpatrick in his career…so who knows how good of a player he can really be with a proven QB.
At this stage in camp, the Bills may be able to get a third or fourth round pick in exchange for him. The Arizona Cardinals and the Baltimore Ravens are both teams that could use receiving depth and have been linked to Evans.
The quicker a deal gets done the quicker the Bills are distraction free and Evans can still have a full year of production for whichever team he lands with.
Making him squirm like this is not the way to handle the situation.