Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Bucs sign Mike Evans to 5-year, $82.5 million extension

Bucs sign Mike Evans to 5-year, $82.5 million extension

The five-year, $82.5 million contract extension runs through the 2023 season and is worth a maximum of a little less than $96 million.

The full contract breakdown is, of course, not yet available but Evans will receive $55 million in guarantees and an average annual value of $16.5 million, just under what Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is bringing in ($17M).

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The contract is for one year, but the amount of money is not known at this time. The Buccaneers had no desire to let him get away, and Evans was obviously motivated to continue his stellar career in Tampa, as well. Odell Beckham reportedly looking to make approximately $20 million a season and wants to become the highest paid player in the NFL.

On the Buccaneers' career receiving yardage chart, Evans has already risen to third, behind only Mark Carrier (5,018) and Kevin house (4,928). That's the goal with every draft pick, and keeping Evans in the fold is a major accomplishment. Now that Evans has been extended, Jason Licht needs to turn his attention to Kwon Alexander, Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith, and Jameis Winston. He is coming off a strong 2017 campaign where he posted a team-best 71 catches for 1,001 receiving yards with three touchdowns in 15 games played. Green this past year as the only wide receivers in National Football League history to reach 1,000 yards in each of their four seasons.

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