Saturday, April 1, 2006
Redskins retain free agent end Evans
By Len Pasquarelli
Unrestricted free agent Demetric Evans, a key component in the Washington Redskins' defensive line rotation, has reached an agreement to return to the team. Neither the terms nor the financial details of the contract Evans is expected to sign next week were available.
Evans, 26, had drawn interest from several teams in the first month of free agency and had visited with officials from the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.
A high-energy defender who gets the most out of his playing time, Evans played primarily at end in 2005, but also logged some snaps at tackle. Appearing in all 16 games, with three starts, Evans had career bests in tackles (32) and sacks (three). He also added a sack in the playoffs.
For his career, Evans has appeared in 48 games and has 105 tackles, 6½ sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three pass deflections. The four-year veteran has a strong work ethic and his ability to play every spot on the defensive line makes him a valuable contributor.
Evans plays bigger than his size (6-feet-3, 265 pounds) and, while his quickness is his forte, he is much stouter against the run than most people realize.
A former University of Georgia standout, Evans entered the league with the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 as an undrafted free agent. He played two seasons in Dallas, then was waived and out of the league completely in 2003, before signing with the Redskins in 2004.
Washington added former San Francisco defensive end Andre Carter earlier in the free agency period, but his acquisition is not expected to affect Evans' role with the team.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.