Cleveland native Lee Evans’ goal is to play in the NFL again

Long-time NFL wide receiver Lee Evans has his sites set on returning to the league. The Cleveland, Ohio native — perhaps most well-known for dropping a pass that would have put the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl a year ago — has spent the last year reflecting and rehabilitating with hopes of getting an opportunity in what has increasingly become a younger man’s game.

“My goal is to play in the NFL again,” said Evans to the Associated Press. “And if I am afforded that opportunity, I will be fully prepared and absolutely capable of competing at the highest level.”

Evans was cut in the preseason last summer by Jacksonville, a team not exactly overloaded with receivers, but continues to be linked to the Ravens as they embark on another chance at a Super Bowl. With 27 seconds to go in the AFC Championship game, Joe Flacco connected with Evans — on a second-down play — in the deep right corner of the end zone, but defensive back Sterling Moore knocked the ball to the ground. Though the Ravens would attempt to tie the game, kicker Billy Cundiff missed the subsequent field goal attempt.

In an interview with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Evans showed the countless photographs he possesses which show him dropping that very ball — frame, enlarged and used for motivation. In 118 career games, Evans has hauled in 381 passes for 6,008 yards and 43 touchdowns, averaging 15.8 yards per reception. He will turn 32-years old in March.

“Life brings you highs and lows,” he said, “and you have to keep that in perspective.”

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  • Browns should give him a try, as they are in need of an veteran receiver who knows what it takes to get into the playoffs and close to the Superbowl

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’d kick the tires why not.

  • mgbode

    No thanks

  • NamedMyKidPrice

    That veteran needs to be Greg Jennings

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Now this sounds even better.

    On a side note…two more weeks of the Ray Lewis act…NOOOOOOOOO!

  • TheRobot57

    How would a tryout hurt? Nothing to lose.

  • Jaker

    Rather spend the money on converting our Defense to a 3-4. Maybe grab an OLB like Barwin or Spencer to pair with our first rounder (hopefully Moore or Jarvis Jones) and go out and improve the secondary. Jennings will cost waaaaaay to much

  • NamedMyKidPrice

    As soon as I saw him laying on the ground weeping like a baby those were the exact thoughts going on in my head. NOOOOOOOOOO not for two more weeks!!!

  • DontbringLBJback

    If we’re going to have a new so-called “high power offense” we’re going to need to land a #1 WR like Jennings, or Bowe in free agency. We’ve got 50 million to spend… let’s just do it wisely, building for the future. Banner is a cap genuis, right? Shouldn’t be too difficult.
    Clearly our needs are WR, CB, signing Sheldon to play SS next to TJ (although signing Dashon Goldson would be pretty awesome), and LB (Spencer would be nice).

    We also should resign Ben Watson. The guy really looked good in those last 6 or 7 games, and he’s not going to demand huge money. I think he has 2-3 more good years left in him (although, I wouldn’t mind bringing in Tony Gonzalez… he may STILL be the 3rd or 4th best TE in the league).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    They have more then enough money and cap space to achieve all of it not just part. I’m hoping the days of excuses whereby they only look to improve the team in a One dimensional manner.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The icing on the cake was in the locker room after the trophy presentation where Lewis spoke clad in a t-shirt memorializing Art Modell. Oh well.