ESPN News is reporting that veteran wide receiver Lee Evans has just agreed to a one year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Evans, who spent seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills and one with the Baltimore Ravens, should provide an instant spark to Jaguars receiving game – upgrading the team’s weakest position and giving it a potential deep threat.
CBSSports writes that Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey on Monday called the acquisition of Evans “a great signing,” adding that “how he practices alone will be a plus for this team. He does everything the right way.”
Evans played for Mularkey in Buffalo from 2004-2005.
Evans was traded to the Ravens last August and appeared in nine games with two starts. He missed seven regular season games due to a number of injuries but caught four passes for 69 yards in two postseason games.
Over the course of his NFL career Lee Evans has accumulated 381 receptions for 6,008 yards and 43 touchdowns in 118 games.
In 2006 Evans had a career-high 1,292 receiving yards for the Bills and has averaged at least 15.4 yards per catch in seven of his eight seasons as an NFL wideout.
While some assume the 31-year-old wide receiver is on a rapid decline, Lee says those fears are unwarranted.
Evans told CBS Sports:
“Thirty-one is different in people’s eyes. It’s about being able to take care of yourself and stay healthy, and if you can do that, be productive. Those are my goals coming in.”
Prior to finalizing the Lee Evans deal, the Jaguars signed wide receiver Laurent Robinson to five-year, $32.5 million contract.