On the eve of free agency, the Bucs finally made a move.

Granted it was for one of their own, but one that should make most Bucs fans happy.

The Bucs have agreed to terms with wide receiver Mike Evans that will keep the former Aggies standout in red and pewter until 2023.

Evans deal is a 5-year, $82.5 million extension that includes $55 million guaranteed according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter who first reported the news.

In his first four seasons, Evans has notched 309 receptions for 4,579 yards and 32 touchdowns. Evans will most likely become the team’s all-time leading wide receiver in 2018.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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JustaBuc
JustaBuc
4 years ago

Boom. Love it. Doesn’t even set a high water mark for WRs and we got him before we had to compete with other resignings like OBJ. LOVE IT.

Sheldon
Sheldon
4 years ago

Finally!

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
4 years ago

Like it again, let’s do Kwon and Marpet and add a couple quality FA’s next week.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  FLBoy84
4 years ago

Very curious how the deal breaks down, interested if his cap hit is reduced a bit in ’18 to allow a little flexibility to address other needs.

FLBoy84
FLBoy84
Reply to  FLBoy84
4 years ago

According to Jason La Conforna Evans “has $38.3MM in guarantees over the first two years”, so guessing that’s a no.

ScottC543
ScottC543
4 years ago

Great news!

BTownBucFan
BTownBucFan
4 years ago

YES!!!

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

Wow!

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
4 years ago

Fire them cannons!

pinkstob
pinkstob
4 years ago

This was a good move to secure one of the best players on the team and one of the best WR’s in the league for the long haul.

e
e
4 years ago

Great move! Congrats Mike!

Mike Wright
Mike Wright
4 years ago

HMnnnn..I wonder if Mike Evans can..Rush the passer?

BucWonder
BucWonder
4 years ago

Great move by Licht and the Bucs!. Building the foundation. Best Buc WR ever at age 24. The future looks bright.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  BucWonder
4 years ago

Well, he had as many sacks last year as Will Gholston.

Buc76
Buc76
4 years ago

6 and 10 at best. We have no head coach, no defensive coordinator and no general manager. A Toad could have signed mike Evans. That’s nothing. Licht gets zero credit for doing the obvious

Buc on the Move
Buc on the Move
4 years ago

555 strikes again.

Jlog
Jlog
4 years ago

Odd to say this but that makes him the 2nd highest paid receiver in the NFL and it’s a value. I can see some the other top names getting a lot more.

mjmoody
mjmoody
4 years ago

Surprised how quick this went from zero to hero. Not a lot of chatter & then Boom; it’s done. One of my favorite drafts. Scott had been pounding the table for Johnny Football for weeks. I was terrified, curled up in a corner as the Bucs’ pick approached. Couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. The man is a serious weapon.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
Reply to  mjmoody
4 years ago

Two things about that draft.

1. Many of the “experts” said Bucs should pick Johnny Football. Thank God that didn’t happen.
2. I wanted Sammy Watkins. Glad I did not get my way.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Pete Wood
4 years ago

Very few experts had Johnny Football going to the Bucs!

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  mjmoody
4 years ago

Agree to that.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
4 years ago

The Bucs could really sweeten the deal for Evans by signing free agent RB Isaiah Crowell and getting another RB and some offensive line help in the draft.
Evans can’t do it alone, y’all.
I think he is the best WR in Bucs history.
And, the best WR currently playing.

Dman
Dman
4 years ago

Great news! With emergence of Godwin, what does this mean for future of Jackson? For whatever reason, he and Jamies don’t click. Is there a trade opportunity? If yes, Jason please make it with an AFC team.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
Reply to  Dman
4 years ago

Jackson? Jackson who?
The poster child for getting stars from the draft, not from high priced free agents.