The Jacksonville Jaguars will officially sign former Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans on Monday, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter. The signing makes sense for the Jaguars and is a low-risk signing, being just a one-year deal. Evans was underwhelming, to say the least, with the Ravens after he was traded but he dealt with injuries the entire season.
I don't think this signing will preclude the Jaguars from drafting a wide receiver, or two, in the upcoming NFL Draft. If anything, it just adds another body to what should be a good competition once training camp and OTA's roll around. Evans is also someone new head coach Mike Mularkey is familiar with, being the head coach of the Buffalo Bills during Evans rookie and second seasons in the league.
Evans had two 1,000 yard seasons with the Bills, but his play really seemed to nosedive after the 2008 season after he had shoulder surgery in the offseason. Evans dealt with injuries with the Ravens after he was traded for a fourth-round pick, and played in just nine games. If Evans is healthy in training camp, he could still be a contributor to the team, but if he doesn't have much left he can be released with minimal investment.
With Evans now signed, the Jaguars have some options at the receiver position and can do what they like in the NFL Draft. I've mentioned before that I felt like the Jaguars should sign a guy like Evans as well as drafting one or two more receivers in the draft. Personally for me, the only "safe" receivers on the roster are Laurent Robinson and Cecil Shorts III, and shorts is more so because he's coming off his rookie season and showed so much promise in camp and the preseason.
The team needs to add as many talented bodies as possible to the position and let it sort itself out in OTA's, training camp, and the preseason. Just keep the best five or six, regardless of who they are.