Over the past few days news has broke that the Bills are rumored to be involved in two possible trade discussions involving two former first round picks. The first name will come as no surprise to you, as some fans have been calling for Aaron Maybin’s head since Week 8 of his rookie season. The other though is one of the Bills brightest stars, but has never gotten the credit he truly deserves.
There are rumors swirling thanks to Dan Pompei at National Football Post that “interested parties have been sniffing around” the Bills willingness to trade Lee Evans. Later NFL/Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson (also of NFP) stated that the Baltimore Ravens are one of the teams kicking the tires on Evans. The Ravens have a need to add to their WR group and adding Evans speed to Flacco’s arm could equal big things for a team that has struggled at times to manufacture offense.
On Tuesday it was reported by Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 AM in Phoenix. that Arizona was also a team that was interested in Evans services. Arizona recently aquired QB Kevin Kolb from Philadelphia for a 1 st Round pick (and DRC) so their willingness to trade yet another draft pick from the 2012 draft may be lessened.
Lee Evans would be a hard loss for Bills Nation to take, Evans is a leader for this offense and he’s been nothing but the best of teammates throughout his tenure here. He has endured QB instability, head coach instability, and through it all has shined. His is quite possibly one of the most underappreciated receivers in the league.
What can we expect to get for Evans? Well we don’t think you’re talking players like LB Terrell Suggs, OT Levi Brown or OT Michael Oher for Evans. It will likely be draft picks, and if we were in Buddy Nix shoes, we’d ask for two picks a 3rd and a 5th in exchange for Evans. We think this is a fair price due to New England getting a 3rd and 7th (2012) for Randy Moss last year, and I think Evans has more time left in the league than Moss did.
As for Aaron Maybin, well you can’t blame the Bills for doing their due diligence in seeing if the kid has any trade value. His career isn’t as far gone as Vernon Gholston’s was when he got cut, and somebody may still want him enough to not let him hit the open market. We think a 6th would be fair value for the Bills to get for Maybin.
Maybin was not a Buddy Nix pick and we think it may be time to move on and wash our hands of the situation. It’s never fun admitting you made a bad draft pick, but it happens.
The big question is, ‘are there going to be any takers?’ Well allow me to present a cartoon that perfectly illustrates our thoughts on that topic.