The Buffalo Bills have decisions to make on two key players once the lockout is over.
Starting WR Lee Evans, who has been one of the NFL’s best deep threats since being selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Bills, is due a $1.5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the new league year, a source confirmed. Evans, 30, is due $3.275 million in base salary for 2011.
It would seem that paying Evans his roster bonus is a no-brainer considering he participated in roughly 77 percent of the offensive snaps, but Bills head coach Chan Gailey would like to see more versatility to Evans’ game.
“I think we have to wait and see how it falls. Early in the year it was the same as I watched on film the year before, people doubling Lee to take him out of the game. People saw the threat and they were going to make sure Lee didn’t beat them,” Gailey said during last week’s NFL owners meetings. “As the year went on, that started to balance up and not swing his way after about mid-season. He had a couple of games that were good. But I’m hoping that we can really get Lee consistent running routes and consistent at doing a lot of things. He’s been more of a deep threat. I’ve got to get him to do a better job of becoming an underneath threat. I’ve got to do a better job of that.”
Starting DE Dwan Edwards, who signed a four-year, $16.95 million deal with the Bills in 2010, is due a $1.2 million roster bonus on the third day of the new league year, a source confirmed.
After the Bills veteran DL Marcus Stroud was released earlier this year, it would seem like a lock that Edwards would remain with the team for the second year of his deal. And Bills have little depth behind Edwards, who participated in roughly 50 percent of the defensive snaps last season.