Bills receiver Lee Evans responded today in a predictable way to reports some teams may be interested in trading for him.
"I don’t really know," Evans said after the walkthrough practice. "Obviously that’s something that’s out of my control. There’s always rumors like that out there so we’ll just have to see what happens."
An Arizona radio station reported that the Cardinals have some interest in Evans. That report came after a National Football Post column on Sunday said some teams have been "sniffing around" about acquiring Evans.
The Bills, indeed, have a surplus of recievers, and they added to their corps with the free-agent signing of Brad Smith and the street pickup last week of former Charger Craig Davis. The logjam, and the addition of Davis, lends itself to speculation about the Bills' plans. The Bills' WR depth list: Evans, Stevie Johnson, Roscoe Parrish, David Nelson, Donald Jones, Naaman Roosevelt, Marcus Easley and Davis. ... That doesn't count Smith, who is listed at quarterback. The Bills kept five WRs to open last season but some teams keep six or seven on the roster.
Depsite their quality depth, the Bills don't have much proven deep speed. Trading Evans would be a huge risk for an offense that ranked only 25th last season. Evans is one of the few proven big-play players in the Buffalo attack.
If the Bills could get a starting offensive tackle for Evans, it would be worth strongly considering. But that's hard to imagine, and it's certainly not coming from the Cardinals.
More from Evans today: On how he would feel about being traded: "It’s hard for me to comment on that now. It’s one of those things you have to find out how much substance is behind it and see what happens." On if he's happy in Buffalo: "Yeah. Obviously I’ve been here a long time and know a lot of people and I’ve been around the organization for awhile, so I’m happy. On the Bills' depth at receiver: "That’s just the way the game is. I think what we have is a very young talented corps of receivers. My part is to do what I can to make myself better and also bring those guys up." On whether Chan Gailey's offense suits him: "Yeah absolutely. They’ve done some things this year to try to move things around to try to accommodate that so we’ll see what happens." (That's a reference to Evans playing more than one receiver position in the offense.)