Lee Evans traded to Ravens

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens acquired veteran wide receiver Lee Evans via a trade today from the Buffalo Bills, exchanging their 2012 fourth-round draft pick.

Getting Evans after losing Derrick Mason to the New York Jets and passing on Jerricho Cotchery earlier this week takes pressure off rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith, who didn't catch a pass during the Ravens' 13-6 preseason loss Thursday night to the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Our fans will remember him from his outstanding game against us last season," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "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."

Evans caught 37 passes for 578 yards last season, catching six passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns against Baltimore in a Ravens overtime win. That triggered the benching of cornerback Fabian Washington.

Five seasons ago, Evans caught 82 passes for 1,292 yards and eight touchdowns.

Traded to the Baltimore Ravens from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick, wide receiver Lee Evans issued the following statement: "I want to say thank you to Mr. Wilson and the Bills organization for everything over the last 7 years," Evans said in a statement. "To the great fans who make Buffalo special, thanks for always supporting me and my family. I'll always have ties to the Buffalo community as I've met a lot of great people who will remain friends.

"This is a very exciting time for me and my family and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to play for the Baltimore Ravens. I'm excited about the Ravens organization, players, and coaching staff and can't wait to get started."

Evans has surpassed 1,000 yards receiving twice in his career, with his best season coming in 2006 when he logged 82 receptions for 1,292 yards and eight touchdowns.

For his career, the former Wisconsin standout has caught 377 passes for 5,934 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Evans is regarded as a high-character individual.

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