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Wide receiver Lee Evans, whose failed catch cost the Ravens a trip to the Super Bowl, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported.
Evans will long be remembered as the player who had a fourth-quarter touchdown pass stripped away from him in the AFC championship game. If Evans held onto the ball, the Ravens would have taken a 27-23 lead with 22 seconds remaining.
This will be the third team in three seasons for Evans. The Ravens traded a fourth-round pick last year for Evans, who managed four catches in the regular season.
Hensley's slant: The Ravens might have considered bringing him back if they didn't add a wide receiver in the draft, but it's best for both sides that Evans moved on. Evans not only represents one of the worst moments in Ravens history but he was involved in one of the team's worst trades. The Ravens now have to figure out who will fill the No. 3 wide receiver spot on the team.
BENGALS: Newly-signed cornerback Terence Newman believes the Bengals are ready to win a Super Bowl title. "I want the ring," Newman told the team's official website. "That's all that matters right now. These guys have a good line and linebackers. They're a playoff team. They can help me and I can help them." Newman also explained that his play declined last year after suffering a hamstring injury early in the year. "I'm a rockhead about some things and I tried to play through it," he said. "I wanted to be there for my teammates and I ended up probably hurting them." Hensley's slant: In order for Newman's championship dream to happen, a couple of droughts have to end. Newman has never played in a conference championship game in his nine NFL seasons, and the Bengals haven't won a playoff game since January 1991.
BROWNS: Eric Steinbach, who started at left guard for the Browns from 2007 to 2010, wouldn't regain his job if he returned to the team, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Browns are apparently committed to guards Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao. Steinbach was released by Cleveland last month after he refused to take a pay cut. Hensley's slant: Steinbach likely won't be out of work long, even if his starting job is taken in Cleveland. Teams who don't get one of the top guards in the draft will be calling Steinbach. Potential interested teams include: the Ravens, Chargers, Seahawks, Bears and 49ers.
STEELERS: Stevenson Sylvester feels he is the heir apparent to inside linebacker James Farrior. "I feel like I'm the linebacker of the future," Sylvester told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I've still got a lot of work to do, but I'm confident I can do this job. I really feel good about this upcoming year." Head coach Mike Tomlin has said veteran backup Larry Foote will get the first crack at replacing Farrior, a 10-year starter who was released on March 2. Hensley's slant: Foote is the obvious front-runner because Sylvester only took 35 defensive snaps in 2011. But the player called "Sly" could surprise in training camp this year. This point could be moot if the Steelers draft Dont'a Hightower.