Report: Mike Evans agrees to five-year, $82.5 million extension

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Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans has a new deal.

Evans has agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million extension that includes $55 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports. He now is under contract through the 2023 season.

Evans, the seventh overall pick in 2014, had been set to make $13.2 million this season on his fifth-year option.

He has topped the 1,000-yard season in each of his first four seasons and already ranks third in team history for career receiving yards. Evans, 24, has 309 career catches and 32 touchdowns and has played at least 15 games every season.

40 responses to “Report: Mike Evans agrees to five-year, $82.5 million extension

  1. Waste of money on that premadona. Put a physical db on him and he goes ghost mode but you will notice him on sidelines throwing stuff and yelling at teammates.

  2. I think the biggest loser in this whole contract is Johnny Manziel. Hes got to be looking at the QB money his buddy just made and think what could have been if he had put a little more effort into his career earlier.

  3. Look forward to the very likely March 2019 post with the Bucs wishing him to restructure and March 2020 post with him getting cut.

    And Dez and Antonio calling their agents as we speak.

  4. akaodoyle says:
    March 9, 2018 at 4:03 pm
    Just imagine what he could do with an NFL level QB…

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    Well, guess what? If TB is dumb, which it appears they are, they have Winston for 2 more years under the rookie deal.

    But, do they actually believe Winston can lead them to a SB in the next 2 years?

    I’d like to check to see if someone is drunk, if they actually believe that.

    If I am TB, I am drafting a QB in Rd 1, to see if that lights a fire under Winston and give yourself insurance, so you’re not forced into paying 25 mil per for a mediocre QB, draining your cap for years and years and years.

    Like I said, I am not sure these GMs understand there is a salary cap.

    TB is nowhere near competing for a SB, which means they should have dealt Evans.

  5. omegalh says:
    March 9, 2018 at 4:14 pm
    OBJ is about 5-10% higher. That’s the blueprint
    Your probably right. So OBJ negotiations begin at 19 million so if Odell is smart, and i’d like to think he is, he should accept and be a rich man with 5 years 95 million and 65 million in guarantees. If he wants more and think he’s going to get more he’ll be sadly mistaken lol.

  6. Make no mistake Mike Evans has earned this contract extension. He is tough to cover with his size, speed and ability to pinpoint and adjust to off-target psaases, he reminds me a lot of a younger,taller version of Dez.

  7. Mike Evans is the best receiver in Buccaneers history and he’s earned every penny of this new deal. You can argue if you think he’s elite or not as much as you want, but if he continues to produce as much as he has to this point in his career then he’s going to be the first Buccaneer receiver in the Hall, no doubt.

  8. Dam, don’t these teams learn from watching others who get into salary cap trouble? That is almost 1/10th the salary cap, how are you going to put a decent team around him?

  9. The guy has four 1000+ yard seasons, and one of those relied on Josh McCown and Mike Glennon. There’s a lot of positive things about Jameis Winston as a QB, but pinpoint accuracy isn’t exactly one of them; Evans’ huge catch radius and ability to muscle himself open makes Winston way better.

    As for the salary cap, this is what a top-end WR is worth these days. Sure, he’s not quite OBJ or Antonio Bryant, but a guy as productive as Evans who has missed a total of three games in four seasons is someone you have to lock down at whatever market value is.

  10. beachsidejames says:
    March 9, 2018 at 4:32 pm
    Waaaaaaaaaaaay too much.

    100% agree. 55 million guaranteed? good lord. Very, very few receivers are worth that much money, and Mike Evans is not one of them.

  11. robert baesch says:
    March 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    landry is licking his chops

    Landry can lick his chops from now until dinnertime, but he is by no means an elite WR regardless of his 100+ receptions. He averaged less than 9 yds/catch, so anyone who throws big money at him is crazy. Although I just read he got traded to the Browns – wow, from South Beach to the mistake by the Lake…

  12. OBP says:
    March 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm
    Mike Evans is the best receiver in Buccaneers history and he’s earned every penny of this new deal. You can argue if you think he’s elite or not as much as you want, but if he continues to produce as much as he has to this point in his career then he’s going to be the first Buccaneer receiver in the Hall, no doubt.

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    It doesn’t matter. That’s what you and like 25 owners and GMs don’t get. You pay for the projection on the market, not for what the player has done with stats.

    This all but guraantees TB will not be close to a SB contender for the life of this deal.

  13. Congratulations to Mike and his family for securing the bag. Now, it’s time for OBJ to break the bank. Always in favor of the athlete, getting paid his value. The business of sports is so shady, these guys risk their bodies and can be discarded at a moments notice. Glad he got his money.

  14. blkandgld4eva says:
    March 9, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    robert baesch says:
    March 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    landry is licking his chops


    Landry is licking his chops in Cleveland. Have fun Jarvis.

  15. Evans is very good. He has averaged 8 TDs and over 1000 yards receiving in each of his first four seasons. However, I don’t think he’s elite because he doesn’t have the breakaway speed like the elite WRs. This contract is puzzling. Sure, they didn’t want to let him get away but they missed the playoffs last year. How is this going to help them get better? Personally I’m against giving huge contracts because it hampers what you can do with the rest of your roster. For years teams like the Steelers would draft someone then let them move on when they were free agents. I think it’s better to take the money a team is thinking about spending on a player with a contract like that and using it to upgrade other positions on the roster. For the amount of money they are giving Evans they could probably have upgraded four other positions on the roster. The real problem is going to be when Winston is a free agent. They’ll have nearly 25% of their roster tied up in TWO players. That won’t leave them with much flexibility as far as signing their own free agents let alone going out and getting others. I know Evans would have been a big loss for the team but I think this all but guarantees they are going to miss the playoffs the next couple of years and even beyond that once they tie up a truckload of money in Winston.

  16. As a Bucs fan I just wonder how they came up with this number….sure seems to me it went something like “let’s give a million for every drop in a big spot he has had!”

  17. Jesus Jason put down the tequila and turn off the AC/DC…what the hell are doing besides not addressing any of the issues we have like I don’t know the entire defense!

  18. WOW !!!!! Whos throwing him the ball ??? Fitz ??? your going to pay a guy for catching 50 balls 18 mil..LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. This contract won’t break the Bucs because non QBs don’t get paid what is now approaching $30 mil a year. He’s literally the only guy on this roster who is currently getting paid, and that will be for 2 more years until they pay Winston. Even McCoy’s contract at this point is a bargain. Furthermore, they don’t have anyone on the horizon worth paying a lot outside of those 2, which is a reflection of how poorly Licht has been doing with the draft. Maybe Alexander, but that would be overpaying for a player just because you drafted him if they gave him a big number in a year or so.

  20. I like talking about fantasy football and madden rankings for players. Mike Evans was getting picked in the top ten, but Winstons sucks

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