The Buffalo Bills have traded their second best wide receiver.
On Friday, the Bills traded Lee Evans to the Baltimore Ravens for a fourth round draft pick. With the acquisition of Evans, the Ravens become significantly stronger offensively. They can put Anquan Boldin on one side of their offensive formation and Evans on the other side. Suddenly, the options become abundant for quarterback Joe Flacco, who can also hand the ball off to Ray Rice at anytime.
I know the Ravens are known for their defense, but suddenly their offense, in my opinion, matches up very well against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North, even with the loss of tight end Todd Heap to the Arizona Cardinals.
From a Bills’ standpoint, Stevie Johnson becomes the undisputed number one target for starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Johnson had a breakout year in 2010 catching 82 passes for 1073 yards and ten touchdowns. But with the loss of Evans, Johnson will see the starting cornerbacks of many elite teams. It will be interesting to see if he gets as open in 2011 as he did in 2010.
From a financial perspective, the Bills actually save $3.25 million.