No talks on a new deal for Mike Evans yet

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When the Buccaneers took wide receiver Mike Evans with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 draft, the hope was that he’d become a highly productive part of their offense.

Evans has accomplished that. He’s third in team history in catches and receiving yards and second in receiving touchdowns after his first four NFL seasons and should hold every team record in the book before too much more time passes. That assumes, of course, that Evans does not leave for another team before climbing all of the charts in Tampa.

Evans is heading into the final year of his contract after the Bucs exercised their team option for 2018 and Evans’ agent Deryk Gilmore said they haven’t had any talks about tacking on more years yet.

“We’re not doing any negotiating. We’re just going to wait and play it out,” Gilmore said, via PewterReport.com. “We think that the Buccaneers are a great organization. We feel that they really care about Mike; they care about the direction of the franchise and where it’s going. … He’s under contract so what we like to do is let him finish up. We think [Evans’ stats and records] will speak for itself, and when it comes time to do the deal I think his deal will be in-line with what we plan.”

Whether it happens this offseason or next, that plan likely calls for Evans to sign a deal that puts him among the best-paid receivers in the league along with Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins.

9 responses to “No talks on a new deal for Mike Evans yet

  1. Whether it happens this offseason or next, that plan likely calls for Evans to sign a deal that puts him among the best-paid receivers in the league along with Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins.

    Let’s face it, every NFL WR feels as if they deserve Antonio Brown money. That doesn’t mean they actually do.

    To be in that top tier, in my opinion, you have to be a game-breaker. For example, a Jerry Rice or Randy Moss type of guy who is a threat to score every time they touch the ball. They strike fear in their opponents and they are consistent. I don’t feel Evans possesses either of those traits. That’s no knock on Evans. He’s a very good WR but I just don’t feel as if he’s as big of a deep threat as Brown and other WRs. He is also inconsistent. Still, someone’s going to give him a truckload of money when he’s on the market. He may not get what he thinks he’s going to get but it’s still going to be a fortune.

  2. If anyone wants to question the greatness of Mike Evans, remember that he single Handley got Johnny football drafted in the 1st Rd and to this day, he still has people thinking Winston is a high caliber NFL QB.

  3. There’s literally no chance that the Bucs let Evans walk in FA or trade him away, he’s the best receiver in their franchise’s history and a bona fide top-10 receiver in the league. Since Tampa is top 10 in cap space (I believe top 5 but I could be wrong) you can expect sometime this year he gets paid well (perhaps too well but the Bucs need all the help they can get).

  4. “Let’s face it, every NFL WR feels as if they deserve Antonio Brown money. That doesn’t mean they actually do.”
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    That’s just how the NFL is now. Every time a star players contract comes up, they have to become the highest paid. Then the next player after him will one up it and become the highest paid. Then the next guy does the same, and so on. It’s just a game of contract one-upsmanship. It doesn’t matter who is actually better, being the highest paid doesn’t pertain to who is currently the best. It just matters who’s contract is up when. That’s how we end up in a league where currently Derek Carr makes more than Aaron Rodgers.

    In cases like this, players don’t get paid based on what they can do / will do. They get paid based on what the last guy got paid whether they’re actually better or not.

    Contract one-upsmanship is not a good method for determining player values.

  5. Whenever I watch Falcons-Bucs games, I watch Evans and Julio Jones on the same field. Evans is a great player, but Jones is the best WR in the NFL. He’s on another level. No WR should be paid more than Jones.

    But that’s not how it works. The way it works is, any WR in the top ten becomes the “Highest Paid WR in NFL history” if they manage to get leverage in the their negotiations.

    I’m not complaining; I’m happy with Evans. All those talking about dropped balls are thinking of 2015. He’s been very consistent the last two seasons.

  6. Contract year, and “[w]e’re just going to wait and play it out” says easy 1st/2nd round draft choice in fantasy next year:-)

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