Evans, Buccaneers agree to $82.5 million contract extension

Tyler Owen
March 10, 2018

There have been a few exceptions in recent years, with blockbuster extensions handed out to the likes of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.

Evans now ranks third all time for the Buccaneers in receptions (309), third all time in yards (4,579), sixth all time in average yards per reception (14.82), and second all time in touchdowns (32).

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the news Friday and noted the new deal includes $55 million in guaranteed money. The Buccaneers exercised that option before the deadline past year, of course, but had a new contract not been signed Evans would have been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next March.

In Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzpatrick completed 68 percent of his passes, throwing for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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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.

With another 1,000-yard campaign past year, Evans joined some rare company in the National Football League record books. His receptions and yardage totals increased each of the next two years, to 74 for 1,206 in 2015 and 96 for 1,231 in 2016.

The seventh overall pick in 2014, Evans has topped 1,000 receiving yards in each of his four seasons, including 2017 when Tampa's offense struggled mightily.

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