Bucs WR Evans agrees to 5-year, $82.5 million deal

Bucs miss out on their chance to land stud DE Michael Bennett

Bucs miss out on their chance to land stud DE Michael Bennett

According to ESPN's Stats & Information, Evans' guaranteed $55 million is most among current wide receivers by $6 million. The deal includes rolling guarantees early in the contract and a $1.5 million bonus in the final year of the deal that will essentially force the Bucs to make a decision on his future prior to the 2023 season.

Since the start of the offseason, there was ongoing talk with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers surrounding star wide receiver Mike Evans' contract situation with the team. The Buccaneers had no desire to let him get away, and Evans was obviously motivated to continue his stellar career in Tampa, as well.

The new deal will pay him $16.5 million per year, moving him from the NFL's third-highest paid receiver to second, leapfrogging Jarvis Landry but still behind Antonio Brown. He would need only 440 receiving yards in 2018 to take over the top spot, which would obviously be far below his expected production.

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Evans burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2014 with 68 receptions for 1,051, immediately setting a new franchise single-season record with 12 touchdown catches. The year before, he had 96 catches and 1,321 yards.

Selected in the first round of the 2014 draft, Evans has been one of the top receivers in the National Football League, catching 309 passes for 4579 yards and 32 touchdowns over the last four seasons.

Evans' deal also establishes parameters for players like the Giants' Odell Beckham, who was the 12th overall pick in 2014 and is seeking an extension.

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