Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Buccaneers: Mike Evans signs five year extension

Buccaneers: Mike Evans signs five year extension

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making sure Jameis Winston's favorite wide receiver will be around for the foreseeable future.

Tampa Bay's Mike Evans has agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension that makes him the second-highest paid receiver in the NFL.

Robinson was likely to receive a contract in excess of $13 million per year, according to, before the Evans deal.

Evans, 24, has been a force in Tampa Bay's offense since arriving as a first-round pick in 2014.

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.

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Evans was a second-team All-Pro in 2016, and has twice reached 12 receiving touchdowns in a season.

Though he has played a full 16-game season just once, he never missed more than one full game the other three seasons.

In Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzpatrick completed 68 percent of his passes, throwing for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns. Glennon was drafted by the Buccaneers but joined the Chicago Bears in 2017.

After the Bucs took Evans with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft, he wasted little time making his presence felt, setting the single-season franchise record for touchdown receptions as a rookie with 12. The 35-year-old was 96-163 for 1,103 yards and seven touchdowns to three interceptions last year.

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