By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
4:59 PM EDT, August 12, 2012
Lee Evans is out of a job for the second time this year.
Cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars today after signing a one-year contract in April, the veteran wide receiver was stuck behind starters Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon on the depth chart as well as backups Cecil Shorts and Mike Thomas.
That made him expendable.
The Ravens felt the same way after Evans dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots.
It marked the end of Evans' unproductive year in Baltimore, as he caught just four passes for 74 yards and no touchdowns during the regular season after being acquired in a trade from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.
Prior to being released by the Ravens after last season, Evans was due a $3.275 million base salary and carried a $5.607 million salary-cap figure. The Ravens would have owed him a $1 million roster bonus on March 18.
Evans' Jaguars deal included a $1.05 million base salary, a $250,000 signing bonus and a $350,000 roster bonus.
Evans was replaced on the Jaguars' roster by former Ravens fourth-round wide receiver Demetrius Williams.
Although Evans, 31, has caught 381 career passes for 6,008 yards and 43 touchdowns, his production keeps dipping since hauling in 63 passes for 1,017 yards and three touchdowns four seasons ago.
A reunion with the Ravens isn't in the cards, and it's debatable whether Evans has much left in the tank after an injury-plagued season last year and his fast exit from the Jaguars' organization.