It’s been a busy day for the NFL in general, especially NFL players that play wide receiver.
This time, the news regarding a receiver brings us to a contract extension, as Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to come to an agreement on a five-year, $82.5 million extension that includes $55 million in guarantees.
The deal makes Evans the highest paid wide receiver in the league in terms of maximum salary, and could set the barometer for other elite wide receivers like New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to receive a greater payday and more leverage in contract talks.
Evans, who is an essential part to the Buccaneers offense, took to Instagram to confirm his contract extension, stating that the one goal on his mind is to win a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers:
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Bucs Nation, I’m excited to announce I will be spending the next several seasons in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers with one goal in mind: winning a Super Bowl with my teammates. I want to thank the Bucs, from the owners to the front office, for believing in me and allowing me to take care of my family. I want to also thank my agents; Deryk Gilmore and Darren Jones for all of their hard work. I’m going to continue to strive for greatness on the field as well as in my community.
ESPN notes that in 2017, Evans became the third player in NFL history to reach at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons. The only other players in that club are Cincinnati Bengals star wide out A.J. Green, and legendary receiver Randy Moss. Evans is already making his mark in Tampa Bay franchise history as well. He ranks 3rd all-time in franchise history in receiving yards, and 2nd in receiving touchdowns.
The 24-year-old Evans is widely-known as quarterback Jameis Winston‘s favorite target, and could help Winston get back on track following a disappointing season from the 24-year-old quarterback. Winston had more turnovers than touchdowns with a 19-26 touchdown-to-turnover ratio being present. 11 of those turnovers were interceptions, while the other 15 were fumbles to lead the NFL.
Evans caught 71 passes for 1,001 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2017, bringing his career totals to 309 catches, 4,579 receiving yards, and 32 touchdowns.
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