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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Horse

    I was wondering when they were goingt to do this. Mike will be a Buc for a long time. Go Bucs!

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    Naplesfan

    This means, most likely, no big contract extension for Mike Evans this calendar year, contrary to what was being reported and predicted here at PR and by a lot of commenters. This action takes 2017 off the table. The Bucs will start a conversation with Mike’s agent this year, most likely, but this action removes the pressure of trying to get something done this year.

    In the meantime Mike is guaranteed against injury through the 2018 season, and will be paid a minimum of the average of the top ten wide receivers that year. This year the top ten are averaging (average per year by contract) $13.2M … the number will be higher next year, probably over $14M. That would make Mike the highest paid player on the Buc roster. He’ll probably do better than that on his eventual long term contract. If Mike were to be franchised the following (sixth year), he’d be paid the average of the five highest paid at his position. In 2017 that would be about $14.M, but of course probably at least 10-more than that in 2019, meaning north of $16M a season.

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      jshumaker

      I don’t know much about how these options work but I don’t see why it would take a contract extension off the table for this year. I think it makes sense to give him the big payday now and therefore spread out the cap hit by an extra year at the minimum

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        Naplesfan

        The only reason to exercise the fifth year option now (nearly a year early) is to take away the hard deadline of the 2018 off-season and the beginning of unrestricted free agency. That takes away leverage from Evans’ agent that could otherwise be used to force a more player-friendly contract.

        And Licht can do it again the following year by declaring Evans our franchise player. I have read in local media that Bucs insiders are saying the Bucs were not only going to exercise the fifth year option this year – completely contrary to what the PR writers were writing at the time a couple months ago … but that the Bucs were also prepared to franchise Evans.

        That was a clear shot across the bow to Evans’ agent to forget about using any hard deadlines to coerce the Bucs in negotiating what is clearly going to be the biggest player contract on the team.

        It’s called “hardball”.

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          jshumaker

          I am very much in favor of Licht using hardball strategies to get our players signed as cheaply as possible. But from a cap standpoint, why not take the hit now while they have the room? By using the threat of a future franchise tag, they can force Evans to sign at a more reasonable rate.

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            Naplesfan

            The reasons for not taking the cap hit now are many:

            1) A dollar not spent today is available tomorrow.

            2) The cap is rising every year, along with NFL revenues, so putting off until next year or the year after is always better than taking a hit now when the cap is much lower.

            3) The player – Mike Evans – isn’t going anywhere else, and he will be happy to get a pay raise to boot. The Bucs made it clear they want him for his whole career. He will get paid (as I wrote above, he’ll get a very nice pay raise next season – his fifth year option will increase his salary by nearly 300%.

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    BucWild02

    I think the Bucs are simply following a protocol. I would expect Mike to get the extension sooner rather than later. This move gives the front office time to put a deal together after the draft. Great move and totally expected.

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    scubog

    Playing “hardball”? What a ridiculous comment. What I read was that the Bucs exercised the 2018 5th year option (unlike declining to do it when Doug Martin’s option came up) and are already planning to “pay the man”. Mike is just now entering his 4th season. I read no reference to franchising him in 2019 in spite of that being an option.

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