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Buccaneers pick up Mike Evans’ fifth-year option

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The Buccaneers likely considered several players before opting to draft wide receiver Mike Evans in the first round of the 2014 draft, but there probably wasn’t much need to contemplate what to do about their option for a fifth-year on his rookie deal.

Evans has been a highly productive part of their offense since the moment he arrived in Tampa and completed his third season with 238 catches for 3,578 yards and 27 touchdowns to show for his first 46 NFL games. That made it no surprise that General Manager Jason Licht announced on Monday that the team has exercised their option on Evans’ deal.

Licht added, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, that the team plans to talk to Evans about an extension because their goal is for him to remain with the team well beyond the 2018 season.

With Odell Beckham, Sammy Watkins, Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry also in the 2014 draft class, there should be quite a few extensions coming down the pike and a lot of eyes on the first players to sign deals as they help set the market for those to follow.

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15 Responses to “Buccaneers pick up Mike Evans’ fifth-year option”
  1. metalup666 says: Apr 17, 2017 12:14 PM

    Good move!

  2. gencoimports says: Apr 17, 2017 12:16 PM

    Well deserved, Evans was easily the most improved WR in the league last year.

  3. Uncle Al says: Apr 17, 2017 12:19 PM


  4. bird2urmother says: Apr 17, 2017 12:19 PM

    That was a no-brainer. Dudes a beast!

  5. maxkingpin says: Apr 17, 2017 12:21 PM

    The Bucs made a good move while my Bills are still mulling whether or not to pick up Watkins fifth year option.
    Bills GM Doug Whaley seems over-matched for the job.
    Time for the Bills owners to use a national headhunter company & find a better GM.

  6. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 17, 2017 12:24 PM

    With Odell Beckham, Sammy Watkins, Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry also in the 2014 draft class, there should be quite a few extensions coming down the pike…

    Yeah, not so fast on that. Beckham is a head case what should be in a padded room so people can examine said head and Watkins and the walking boot he’s been living in the last couple of years because he can’t stay healthy should be two clean scratches for their teams NOT to pick up their fifth year options.

    Good move by the Bucs with Evans though.

  7. will1950 says: Apr 17, 2017 12:26 PM

    Winston and Evans, sounds like a great combo for years to come. Also a great move to get the 5th year option done… Go Bucs!!!

  8. icebergsimpson says: Apr 17, 2017 12:35 PM

    Uncle Al says:
    Apr 17, 2017 12:19 PM

    0 1



    I fixed it for you, Al!

  9. kapmorg says: Apr 17, 2017 2:22 PM

    Definitely earned his extension. No argument he is the best Bucs WR (production wise) the Bucs have ever had.

  10. fwippel says: Apr 17, 2017 2:25 PM

    This would have only been news if the Bucs hadn’t done this. Evans is the type of receiver every team needs on its roster.

  11. magikskillz says: Apr 17, 2017 2:27 PM

    good young receiver who has shown flashes of greatness and excellence. Bucs have a true number one receiver and should keep him long term.

  12. baldbuc says: Apr 17, 2017 3:40 PM

    Funny how things change from season to season. Before last season Odell Beckham was all the rage and many felt the Bucs messed up by not taking him over Evans.

  13. newtoallthis23 says: Apr 17, 2017 3:40 PM

    No Brainer!

  14. orangeraider says: Apr 17, 2017 6:21 PM

    Wow. They finally did something correctly.
    They still stink and watching games in the early months equals torture

  15. foodiefoodnerd says: Apr 17, 2017 9:42 PM

    Uncle Al said:


    We’re so sorry, Uncle Albert
    But you don’t know a bloody thing about football — all day!

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