Mike Evans agrees to five-year, $82.5M deal with Bucs

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Mike Evans agrees to five-year, $82.5M deal with Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making sure Jameis Winston's favorite wide receiver will be around for the foreseeable future.

Mike Evans has agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Buccaneers, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The contract, which averages a $16.5 million per-year average, includes $55 million in guarantees, Rapoport added.

The deal makes him the NFL's second highest-paid wide receiver after Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown ($17M per year average). The potential $82.5 million payout is the highest agreed upon figure for a wide receiver in league history, per NFL Research.

Locking down Evans to a long-term contract was one of Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht's priorities heading into offseason. Selected No. 7 overall out of Texas A&M by the Bucs in the 2014 NFL Draft, Evans was heading into the option of year of his rookie contract.

It'd be difficult to overstate Evans' value to the Winston-led Tampa offense. He's one of only three players in NFL history to begin their careers with more than 1,000 receiving yards over four straight seasons -- only Randy Moss (6) and A.J. Green (5) are ahead of him. In addition, the 2016 Pro Bowler ranks fifth in targets (580) and sixth in receiving yards (4,579) among all NFL receivers since 2014.

After just four seasons, Evans ranks third or better all-time in the Bucs' major receiving categories: Receptions (309), receiving yards and receiving TDs (32).


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Date Posted: Fri, 9 Mar 2018, 05:58 pm

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