According to Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910, the Arizona Cardinals are showing interest in Buffalo Bills wide receiver, Lee Evans. After missing out on Braylon Edwards, it appears that the Cardinals are still in search of a true #2 receiver that can stretch the field, opening up some of the underneath routes for Larry Fitzgerald.
While many believe that Andre Roberts or Early Doucet could suffice as the playmaker across from Fitz, Ken Whisenhunt must think that a more reliable veteran is needed for the time being.
Here is the story over at Buffalo Rumblings, in which they state that Evans would likely be worth a mid to late-round pick if traded to Arizona. As noted in the post, Evans had a down season last year and is not worth near as much on the open market as he once was.
Still, Evans will do exactly what the team needs: draw the safeties deep, opening up the short game for Fitzgerald and Todd Heap to work in.
Here is the Scouts, Inc. profile on Evans:
He is a speed receiver who would make a lot more plays on a better team with a legitimate No. 1 quarterback. Evans is explosive off the line of scrimmage and can get vertical in a hurry. He tracks the deep ball well and has improved as a route runner. He can make plays with the ball in his hands. He is a legitimate No. 1 receiver on a team that lacks a legitimate quarterback.
Luckily for the Cardinals, he would be able to play as the number two wide receiver. Putting Andre Roberts as the third receiver for at least another season might be a better option, as he is still very young and bound to commit some mistakes on the field. Also, we know that Doucet is prone to getting injured, so Evans could also be another receiver the team can use in case he goes down again.
Here is Mike Jurecki's take on the idea of Evans becoming a Cardinal:
Evans will enter his 8th season, 30 yrs old, avg. 15.7 per catch in his career, 43 career TD's. He has exactly what the Cards are looking for in a deep threat.
I think if the Cardinals can give up a 4th round pick for the 30 year old Evans, they should do it. Another weapon for new quarterback Kevin Kolb wouldn't hurt and Larry Fitzgerald would become even more deadly if this trade were to occur. Arizona has been very aggressive in trading and acquiring free agents this off-season, getting one more guy for a late round pick would be the cherry on top.
This option intrigues me even more than the thought of having Braylon Edwards or Randy Moss. Evans does not carry all of the baggage that those two players do. If a guy is able to play in Buffalo for that long without going insane, he's all right with me.
What do you think Cardinals fans? Should Arizona surrender a mid to late-round pick to secure Evans as their deep threat for next season?
Here is an Evans highlight video just for fun. Sorry for the fact that it looks like it was recorded with a dishwasher. Oh, and sorry for the music too...