According to many sources, multiple teams have shown interest in Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans. Whether or not Buffalo is looking to trade Evans is not known; but where there is smoke, there is fire. And quite frankly, there is quite a bit of smoke. The rumors must be coming from somewhere, and teams must be contacting Buffalo for a reason.
The Cardinals just traded for their franchise quarterback in Kevin Kolb, and paid a rather steep price, and they also signed Todd Heap to start at tight end. Trading for Lee Evans could potentially give Arizona a scary offense, depending on how well Kolb does.
The Ravens are one of the best teams in the league and they just lost their starting wide receiver in Derrick Mason to the Jets. Trading for Lee Evans would give the Ravens a nice one-two combo for Joe Flacco to throw to.
But what's in it for Buffalo?
Lee Evans had one of his worst statistical seasons last year. While statistics do not show every aspect of the game, Evans finished with only 37 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns. That is certainly not great trade bait. Anyone who has the idea in mind that Buffalo could get a draft pick and a player is not thinking clearly.
Miami traded a second-round pick for Brandon Marshall after he had a great year. Randy Moss was traded for a fourth-round pick one year, and a third-round draft pick last season. Santonio Holmes was traded for a fifth-round pick. To think that Buffalo could get a decent draft pick and a decent player in return for Evans is just crazy. Nobody is going to trade a third- or fourth-round pick for a guy who just finished maybe his worst statistical season, and they most definitely would not trade a serviceable player along with the draft pick for him.
If Buffalo is lucky, they may be able to squeeze a fourth-round pick out of someone for Evans. Again, if they are lucky. Realistically, Buffalo would most likely get a fifth-round pick in a trade for Evans. The odds of that fifth-round pick being an impact player are not good. It is not impossible, but it is not likely either. Even if Buffalo got a fourth-round pick for Evans, the odds of that fourth-round pick being an impact player are not great.
So is it really worth it for Buffalo?
While Evans had maybe his worst statistical year, he still was a big part of Buffalo's offense and Stevie Johnson's break out season. Anyone who watched Buffalo play last year could see Evans drawing two or three guys deep most of the game. He demands double coverage and sometimes triple coverage. He is just too fast. Buffalo is deep at the wide receiver position, but can David Nelson or Roscoe Parrish really replace Evans as a full-time starter?
His numbers do not show it, but Buffalo needs Lee Evans. For the first time since Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo has a serviceable quarterback. For the first time in a long time, Buffalo has an exciting offense. To think Buffalo would be willing to ruin that by trading away their deep threat who demands double coverage seems unbelievable. Especially for just a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
Buffalo does not benefit at all from a Lee Evans trade. It is not like he is some criminal or loose cannon who the Bills just cannot wait to unload. He has always been a stand-up guy and a hard worker. To trade him for a fourth- or fifth-round pick just for the sake of trading him does not make sense.
Will the Buffalo Bills trade Lee Evans? Who knows, but once again: where there is smoke, there is fire. And there has been quite a bit of smoke about Lee Evans getting traded.
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