Ravens trade for wide receiver Lee Evans

After watching their first-string wide receivers struggle last night in their preseason opener, the Ravens acquired some help today.

Baltimore has traded a 2012 draft pick to the Bills for wide receiver Lee Evans, the team announced. The trade was first reported by ESPN, and according to the report, it’s a fourth-round pick heading to Buffalo in exchange for the wideout.

Evans, 30, brings some speed and smooth route running to the Ravens, but more importantly, he adds experience to a receiving corps that was previously loaded with rookies and players without a proven NFL history.

The 2004 first-round pick caught 37 passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns last season. He’s three years removed from a season in which he topped the 1,000 yard mark in receiving yards.

The Ravens can now slot the 5-foot-10, 209-lb. Evans in alongside Anquan Boldin, and can let rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss develop and mix in as the team’s third wide receiver.

Evans isn’t a Pro Bowl talent at this stage in his career, but the Ravens are giving up just a fourth-round pick for a guy who could significantly improve their roster this season.

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