Buccaneers ink Mike Evans to five-year extension

  • Buccaneers ink Mike Evans to five-year extension

Buccaneers ink Mike Evans to five-year extension

Actually, it's fantastic news for the Buccaneers.

It is a five-year, $82.5 million extension that includes $55 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Robinson was likely to receive a contract in excess of $13 million per year, according to Spotrac.com, before the Evans deal. In addition, the combination of Winston and Evans along with the bond and chemistry the two share is hands down one of the most risky weapons in the league, making the Bucs' decision to spend some serious cash on Evans make that much more sense heading into the Buccaneers 2018 season which they're hoping results in a much needed trip to the playoffs.

Over his four-year career, the Pro Bowl wideout is averaging 77 receptions, 1,145 yards and 8 touchdowns per season. The yardage ranks third all-time in Buccaneers' history behind Mark Carrier (5,018) and Kevin House (4,928). He would need only 440 receiving yards in 2018 to take over the top spot, which would obviously be far below his expected production. Now that Evans has been extended, Jason Licht needs to turn his attention to Kwon Alexander, Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith, and Jameis Winston. He also threw for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns in a last-second 30-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 11. Two years ago, he had 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 TDs. In that latter campaign, he tied his own record with another 12 touchdown grabs.

This is the first of many steps in the re-signing of recent drat picks the Buccaneers will need to do in the coming months.

The 24-year-old just finished his fourth season in the National Football League, reeling in north of 1,000 yards each season while logging 32 total touchdowns.