Mike Evans reworks deal again, Bucs gain some cap space

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Wide receiver Mike Evans converted some of his base salary into a roster bonus earlier this offseason and he’s done it again in a move that gives the Buccaneers a bit more room under the cap.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Evans has converted $4 million of the $17 million in remaining base salary into a bonus. The cap hit will be spread over this year and the four years left on his contract, which leaves Tampa with $3.2 million in new space this year.

The Buccaneers have two draft picks left to sign from this year’s class. There’s room to get deals done with first-round linebacker Devin White and third-round cornerback Jamel Dean while keeping some money on hand for other needs that may arise at some time down the road.

Evans signed a new deal with the Bucs in March 2018 and set a career high with 1,524 receiving yards last season.

13 responses to “Mike Evans reworks deal again, Bucs gain some cap space

  1. Mike Evans is the EXACT OPPOSITE of all these diva WR’s (AP, OB,). He EARNS his contract with hard work and when he can help the team on the CAP he does it. He’s a GREAT WR who I HOPE gets to play in a inproved offense and gets into the playoffs. One of the true good guys in the NFL today.

  2. I love how some fans still think when a contract is restructured like this that the player is doing anything but getting future money NOW lol.

  3. I can’t understand why such a bad team is in such bad cap trouble. Mike Evans deserves better than this

  4. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    June 18, 2019 at 9:53 am
    Mike Evans is the EXACT OPPOSITE of all these diva WR’s (AP, OB,). He EARNS his contract with hard work and when he can help the team on the CAP he does it. He’s a GREAT WR who I HOPE gets to play in a inproved offense and gets into the playoffs. One of the true good guys in the NFL today.
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    Problem with your logic is both players you called divas are better than Mike Evans so they earned the higher contracts. On top of that neither actually held up their teams for money. Antonio Browns issues were with other players on his team (namely his QB) allegedly throwing him under the bus and the Raiders freed up cap space to make that trade to begin. If they didn’t want to pay him more they wouldn’t have traded for him. The Giants traded Odell Beckham while only on the second year of his current deal. He didn’t ask for the trade and has not asked his new team for a reworked deal.

    Evans is not in the “Elite” category to demand more money. The Buccaneers already showed they aren’t afraid to release big name contributors from their team if they feel they aren’t worth it so this renegotiation was just job security, not being a team player. Had he not done it he’d be looking for work like Gerald McCoy was.

  5. steel420 says:
    June 18, 2019 at 10:01 am
    I love how some fans still think when a contract is restructured like this that the player is doing anything but getting future money NOW lol.
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    Exactly, even the first comment^^^ “…help the team on the CAP, he does it.”

    Uhh yeah, I’d volunteer to get my yearly salary guaranteed and in advance right now instead of over the next six months. It benefits the player AND the team, no need to praise the player…

  6. Mrfrostyj…fact check yourself. Mike Evans is easily an elite WR. 5yrs in league and 5 1000 yard seasons. Including 1500 yards last year. And dude got paid last year…then put up his best season.

  7. mrfrostyj says:
    June 18, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Evans is not in the “Elite” category…
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    How are you defining “Elite”? You are obviously now using stats in your definition since Evans’ are right there if not better than your “Elite” receivers.

    2018
    More yards than AB and OB
    More TDS than OB
    More receptions than OB
    Higher average yards per catch than AB and OB
    Higher first down % per reception than AB and OB

    So again, how are you defining “Elite”? By how much coverage their off the field behavior receives? By who the media tells you is “Elite”?

  8. steel420 says:
    June 18, 2019 at 10:01 am
    I love how some fans still think when a contract is restructured like this that the player is doing anything but getting future money NOW lol.

    13 10 Rate This
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    Exactly!

  9. How can a team that is 42-86 over the last 8 years be in such a bad situation related to the Cap. I give them credit for trying to spend every dime to be competitive, but man, it ain’t working. Look at the results.

  10. He’ll use that against them in a few years when he complains about how his base salary is too low so he’ll demand a new contract.

  11. I am sure that if a player renegotiate his contract to help out the team, but he knows this is why it is offered, and he does it to help out the team. It’s a poor bargain that doesn’t benefit both sides, so if he comes out with money now instead of later and he’s happy with that, and it’s a good bargain for him but that doesn’t change the motivation. Sometimes aging players renegotiate a contract to stay with the team. This isn’t a deal like that. Maybe I’m oversimplifying, but this comes off as a team player to me. Otherwise if he was happy with his current contract and they came asking him to renegotiate, all he had to say was no.

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