According to reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star wide receiver and his agent have set a “week 1 deadline” to get a new deal done with the team. Evans is currently playing out the final year of his current contract and would become a free agent in 2024 if he’s not re-signed.
The 30-year-old wide receiver is said to be looking for a deal that’s similar to Cooper Kupp’s. The Rams wideout signed a three-year, $80.1-million deal with $75-million guaranteed and a $20-million signing bonus in 2022.
Evans is currently playing out the final year of his five-year, $82.5-million contract that he signed in 2018. The four-time Pro Bowler is coming off ninth-straight 1,000-yard receiving season to start his career, which is an NFL record.
In 2022, Evans had 77 catches for 1,124 yards and six touchdowns. He and Chris Godwin lead a Tampa receiving corps that’s hoping to continue their dominance with new quarterback Baker Mayfield under center now.
Should the Bucs stumble early, it’s very likely that Mike Evans hears his name come up at the trade deadline. He could fetch the Bucs some valuable draft assets. Perhaps a move to the Jets makes sense?
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