In receiver Lee Evans, the Baltimore Ravens acquired a proven veteran to play alongside Anquan Boldin.
By trading Evans for a fourth-round draft pick, the Buffalo Bills are putting their trust in a young group of receivers, who are suddenly minus their respected leader and five-time captain.
Two teams who have spent much of the past decade going in different directions completed the trade on Friday in the midst of the NFL’s first week of exhibition games.
“We’re excited about getting Lee Evans,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s a proven player in this league and a quality person who will fit in well on our team.”
Evans is a seven-year veteran with two 1,000-yard seasons. He is expected to immediately step into the No. 2 role in Baltimore to improve a receiving attack after the Ravens released Derrick Mason and tight end Todd Heap last month.
The Bills were able to free up the $3.25 million in salary Evans was scheduled to make in the second-to-last year of his contract. And the move also frees up room in allowing Buffalo to provide additional playing time to a revamped group of receivers.
The trade was not well-received by Bills veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, who questioned the move in several posts on his Twitter account.
“Sad day for the bills,” Florence wrote. “Are we trying to win now or later????”
At Washington 16, Pittsburgh 7: Rex Grossman completed 19 of 26 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown to help the Redskins beat the Steelers.
While Washington’s starters played the entire first half, Pittsburgh’s first-stringers were done by the end of the first quarter.
At Detroit 34, Cincinnati 3: Matthew Stafford threw touchdown passes on his two drives, backup quarterback Shaun Hill ran for a score, and Jason Hanson kicked a field goal to give Detroit a 24-3 lead at halftime.
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was hit by Ndamukong Suh after taking his first NFL snap and Chris Houston intercepted the underthrown ball. Dalton finished 11 of 15 for 69 yards.
At New Orleans 24, San Francisco 3: Mark Ingram had a spinning, tackle-breaking touchdown run in his NFL debut for the Saints.
Ingram’s 14-yard scoring run highlighted a performance in which the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner out of Alabama carried six times for 23 yards.
Miami 28, at Atlanta 23: Phillip Livas scored on a 75-yard punt return in the third quarter to help the Dolphins overcome a difficult start by quarterback Chad Henne.
Tampa Bay 25, at Kansas City 0: Josh Freeman was smooth and efficient while leading the Buccaneers to points on three of the four series he played. Freeman was 9 of 13 for 73 yards.
Jimmy Clausen and Cam Newton will share snaps today with the Panthers’ first-team offense in the team’s exhibition opener against the Giants, although Clausen will start at quarterback. … Broncos kicker Matt Prater is facing a charge of drunken driving and fleeing the scene of an accident stemming from a non-injury accident in a hotel parking lot on Aug. 2. … A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam revealed that Jets receiver Plaxico Burress has a sprained left ankle, and he won’t play against the Texans on Monday or even fly with the team to Houston. … Don Chandler, a kicker and punter who was part of four championship teams with the Packers and Giants, has died. He was 76. … An attorney for former North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo says his client has been declared eligible for the NFL supplemental draft.