Following the trade of our “beloved” Lee Evans, I would like to take a moment and ponder. Being an optimist, I am trying to take the perspective of both OBD and Evans.
Bills fans have a lot of love for Lee. He is one of the last 1st round picks to actually claim is worth. And while JP was tossing him the rock, he looked to be the playmaker Bills fans wept for.
Now, recently I’ve been trying to really gather his worth. Has Lee really lost something. Or was that something not quite there.
Lee Evans to Baltimore? My take for a few years is simple. This guy is overrated and hurt his bad QB’s as much as his bad QB’s hurt him. – Football Robert
Now those words seem a bit harsh, but I do think there is some merit there. He has never been a good overall receiver, just a great deep threat. Remember when Terrell Owens came into town a couple years ago, and how this was going to open up a whole new world of opportunity for Evans. Well that didn’t exactly come to fruition. Owens managed to snag more yards and td’s while seeking more attention than Evans. So would he better without Owens, absolutely not. He has averaged about 2.5 catches a game over the last 2 years. That number is quite pathetic for a #1 WR.
There has even been mention of the other teams interested offering a lowly 6th rounder for Evans. And let’s not forget Chad “Ocho-Cinco” Johnson was just traded for a 5th and 6th rounder. Or that Moss was traded for a 4th, when he was down, in a bad situation.
Now Im not saying Lee is terrible, by any means. Im just saying that this trade may be more fair than it was at 1st glance. Lee isn’t built to be a primary target in a spread offense, and I don’t think that’s a secret. By all accounts, it appears that the Bills plan on utilizing the spread even more this year. Which would only hurt the Evans numbers.
In Baltimore, Evans can now be part of a winning organization, something he deserves greatly, and part of a system that he can excel in. Especially with the rocket arm of Flacco.
I wish him the best of luck in Baltimore and will be rooting for him. He was a monster here for a few years, and settled into a solid receiver. I hope he blows up again with his new team. He deserves it.