Ravens step up, trade for Lee Evans

The Baltimore Ravens finished their pursuit to replace Derrick Mason by adding a wide receiver that should add an element of a deep threat to the offense.

The Ravens acquired Lee Evans from the Buffalo Bills this afternoon, sending a fourth-round draft pick in exchange for the veteran playmaker.

The 30-year-old Evans is a solid replacement for Mason, who the team cut for salary-cap reasons and hoped to re-sign. He was a strong performer for the Bills since being a first-round draft pick in 2004 despite the fact that the team’s quarterback play has been uneven at best.

Evans is under contract through 2012 and will earn $3.275 million this season. The Ravens needed to add someone because Anquan Boldin, who didn’t make a big impact last season, is the only veteran target on the team. Evans made six receptions for 105 yards and three touchdowns in a game against the Ravens last season.

Our fans will remember him from his outstanding game against us last season,” Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a release. “He’s a quality veteran receiver who stretches the field and gives us a significant downfield presence. He’s the type of person you want on your team. He brings leadership and maturity to the locker room.”

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