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Trade value for Evans justified

The Buffalo Bills were questioned and criticized - including in this space - for dealing receiver Lee Evans last summer. The value they got in return - a draft pick late in the fourth round - looks even better today after the Baltimore Ravens released Evans after just one injury plagued season. The Ravens were due to pay Evans a roster bonus of $1 million later this month, and he would have counted a litlte more than $5.5 million against the cap. As it turned out, Evans' season was marred by an ankle injury that forced him to miss seven games. He was held without a catch in six of nine regular-season games he appeared for the Ravens. He also dropped - with the help of a good defensive play by cornerback Sterling Moore - what would have been the winning touchdown pass in the end zone in the AFC title game against New England. The Bills will get the 124th pick in the draft, fourth from the bottom in the fourth round, pending any compensatory added picks in the third round. Don't count on the Bills to be looking to re-sign Evans. They traded him because they did not want him. Evans still can help some team looking for veteran receiving help, but he's going to have to do it at a much-reduced rate.

---Mark Gaughan


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