NFL Trade Rumors: Lee Evans Wouldn't Be Enough for Cardinals to Win NFC West
There have been a lot of trade rumors floating around recently surrounding Buffalo Bills receiver Lee Evans and the Arizona Cardinals.
However, although his acquisition would help incoming QB Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals, it wouldn't be the difference that pushes them to the division crown.
In the last two seasons, the Cardinals have lost their No. 2 and No. 3 receivers, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston.
That leaves them with a likely No. 2 now of Early Doucet, who has flashed talent but has yet to show he can be a legitimate No. 2 option.
Some believe the acquisition of Evans, a talented wideout, would make a big difference in their chances for a division title.
But while it would make a difference, it wouldn't make a big enough one to overcome who I believe will be the division winner, the St. Louis Rams.
First, a look at Evans.
Evans was drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Bills. But despite the Bills having high hopes for him as a No. 1 receiver, he only has two 1,000-yard seasons in his eight years in the league. For whatever reason, he has underachieved.
He had the fewest yards and second-fewest touchdown catches in his career last season. And he's getting older. What logic pegs him as a huge difference-maker at this point in his career?
On the Rams side, of course, they have Mike Sims-Walker and emerging quarterback Sam Bradford, complete with new guard Harvey Dahl, underrated safety Quintin Mikell, and more depth in the backfield with Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood.
You add that to the fact that the Cardinals just lost a solid cornerback in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and there's a gap there that I don't think can be bridged.
At this point, the Rams are better set up for success this season.
As for the Cardinals, some seasoning could see them vie from the NFC West in 2012.
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