When the Buffalo Bills dealt WR Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens this afternoon, the biggest hole in their team might not be on the field. If the immediate reaction of some Bills players is any indication, Evans may be missed more in the locker room and as a team leader than as a pass catcher.
Cornerback Drayton Florence has made the most pointed barbs at the Bills front office even insinuating he wou;dn't have re-signed with the team had he known this would happen.
"Wtf," began Florence on Twitter. "If I knew that was gonna happen .............??"
In a series of eight messages in five minutes, Florence continued to call out the team he recently chose to sign a contract with:
"Are we trying to win now or later?"
"Sad day for the Bills"
"Why so stupid?"
"I'm not mad at the trade," said the cornerback, "I'm mad because this will change how defenses play us now."
Evans' offensive teammates had nothing but positives to say. Not for the trade, but for the player.
"Man wanna say thanks to the homie Lee Evans for everything he did while here as a buffalo bill," added running back C.J. Spiller. "Great player but a greater person."
"Thank you Lee Evans for everything you've done for me & my career," voiced fellow receiver David Nelson. "You're one of the best & it's been a privilege to play alongside you."
Even some former Bills got into the act as Andre Reed and Darryl Talley, both active Tweeters, supported Evans in his new home.
"Disappointed that the Bills have traded Lee Evans to the Ravens," said Reed. "Great player, but even a better person.Thanks for reppin 83 Lee!!!!!!!! He should flourish and gel with Anquan Boldin manning the middle of the field. Do your thing homie."
"Best of luck to Lee Evans in Baltimore," said Talley. "Great athlete. Class act. I participated in his charity event in E Cleveland. He's doing good things."
It remains to be seen who will fill Evans' void on offense but who will fill his role as team captain and who will replace his presence in the locker room? We will no doubt hear from more Bills players and front office folks as this day wears on. Keep it locked to Buffalo Rumblings for more reactions.