In a league full of massive contracts and blockbuster deals, it’s becoming more and more rare to find superstars that are willing to give up money for the betterment of their organization, but that’s exactly what Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans is prepared to do as Tampa Bay comes off of their second Super Bowl victory in franchise history. Again.

According to a quote from Peter King’s weekly column Football Morning In America, head coach Bruce Arians has already been told that Evans is willing to sacrifice money in his contract to help the Bucs navigate a shrinking league-wide salary cap as it drops from $198 million in 2020 to $181 million in 2021.

“Mike Evans is the most unselfish superstar I’ve ever met,” Arians said. “He’s told us to use some of his money if we need to contracts to keep the team together.”

But this isn’t the first time that Evans will make alterations to the five-year, $82.5 million extension that he signed in 2018. Evans restructured his contract in 2020 most recently, while restructuring his contract multiple times in 2019 to help with the Bucs’ waning salary cap space.

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TB2018
5 months ago

what a great dude. i love this team…

TBChucky
Reply to  TB2018
5 months ago

Well said brother! Mike is a helluva man and a stud on the field!

buccaneerNW
5 months ago

We gotta go back next year so we can get him a huge game in the Superb Owl. It pains me to see Brady’s favorites get the yards and TDs instead of Evans. He’s sacrificed for this franchise. Happy to get the SB win, but wish Evans we getting the accolades.

^^mtn^^
^^mtn^^
5 months ago

He sees the writing on the wall as far as keeping the band together.
Evans would fetch at least a 1st and they could offload his salary.

bucballer
Reply to  ^^mtn^^
5 months ago

No way! Why would u even mention such a thing having just won a World Championship less than 24 hours ago. Why would u deal ur best WR? Just crazy talk!

^^mtn^^
^^mtn^^
Reply to  bucballer
5 months ago

no, I hear ya, sorry about that.
Wasn’t planning on mentioning it, it’s too early.
But it’s a great team attitude he has.
Others will need to do the same so we’ll see how it develops ….

TBChucky
Reply to  ^^mtn^^
5 months ago

No freakin way they trade Mike.. And for some crazy reason they did, they better get more than a 1st.. He’s the ultimate team player.

BucRy
5 months ago

What a champ!

chefboho
5 months ago

This franchise is truly blessed to have a player like Mike. I’m glad it’s his jersey I wore last night. In a world of greed he’s constantly changing the narrative of sports athletes

bucballer
5 months ago

Character and athletic ability! Mike Evans is the greatest Buccaneer WR of all time! Fact! Congrats Mike on ur historic season. Only player in NFL history to start his NFL career with 7 consecutive 1000 yards receiving seasons. And to have that year culminate with a home SuperBowl win, priceless and just awesome! Congrats Bucs and Buc fans. We r World Champions again!

pokerpat12
5 months ago

I love Mike Evans, in fact I love everything about this team. No doubt next year we’ll be a MUCH improved team(which should worry the rest of the NFL) with the aid of OTAs & a pre-season. Anyone choosing to leave this team is out of their minds. The Bucs are poised for a repeat. In fact I’m sure a vet or two will want to join us at a discount rate just to play with Tampa Bay Tom(Tompa, I suppose). Anyway, Major Congrats to the entire Buccaneer organization and the Tampa Bay area! “Hey, hey, Tampa Bay. The Bucs… Read more »

MikeJ813
5 months ago

Wore the alarm clock mike evans jersey every game during the playoffs, it’s now my lucky jersey and will be worn every big game from now on. Top 5 WR, wish he could’ve gotten more action yesterday but I know he doesn’t care and is happy as hell. Him and Lavonte are champions!

bucballer
Reply to  MikeJ813
5 months ago

Mike was a big key in the SuperBowl! Just as the Bucs were content on making sure Hill didn’t beat them, the Chiefs double teamed Mike to blanket him. As a result, others were able to exploit one on one cover. Mike’s big play ability is worrisome to all of our opponents!

pinkstob
5 months ago

That’s fantastic! What a great team player. This will go a long way to help keeping the team together.

76bucsfan46
5 months ago

Mike is a class act

76Buc
5 months ago

I never warmed up to him for reasons related to our flag, but I now feel very good about unselfish Mike Evans! To me he is a true Buc!

bucballer
Reply to  76Buc
5 months ago

I hear ya 76Buc! Point taken.

drdneast
5 months ago

Mahomes is making I think $50 million a year while Brady is taking home 25. Tell me, which one has the most SB rings.
W

cobraboy
5 months ago

I suspect you’ll see a lot of big buck guys modify their deals to help teams with sharply reduced caps. Not necessarily Evans, but the quickest way to cap compliance is cutting the big bucks first. Has the cap ever gone down? I’m thinking not. So that “cushion” of an ever-increasing cap is an anomaly. These guys stand a better chance of ending up with more $$$ from a team-friendly deal than to test the FA market in a year where there just isn’t much to go around, and teams are all going through the same process. I won’t be… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by cobraboy
bucballer
Reply to  cobraboy
5 months ago

I don’t think this will be a problem CobraBoy. Those who want to run it back with the GOAT will resign and do so. Those who choose to leave, well let’s just say I bet Brady can make a phone call or three and we will have some adequate replacements that will be able to play THIER roles on a team that has the GOAT at QB and is primed to run it back. There is one position I’m especially interested in watching. That is LT. Do u resign Smith for 12-15 mil a year or do u move the… Read more »

TBChucky
5 months ago

I hope like hell Mike retires a Buc!!

tnew
5 months ago

Future hall of famer…just keep winning games and putting up 1000 yard seasons..

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
5 months ago

No Mike you are performing at your cap level. Donovan smith is the one who needs a drastic pay cut. But hey, since you’re such a selfless player even more power to you. It’ll probably just be restructured to the back of his contract so he won’t really be taking a pay cut.

plopes808
Reply to  WeAretheChamps2002+2021
5 months ago

actually, I think D Smith played very well and actually earned his paycheck this season. Previous seasons, not so much

BucWhatYaHeard
5 months ago

This is why he’s one of the best…and he’s a Buc.

plopes808
5 months ago

Not the first time, and probably not the last time this dude has done this. Way to be a team player! Hopefully he and Brady rub off on the rest of our guys and we can keep the band together. I can’t think of any FA that would be an improvement over the guys we already have, it’s just a matter of numbers and these guys being willing to sacrifice a little money for the team. Thankfully, a few of our FAs from this year have already shown a willingness to do so to be on the winning team. That… Read more »

plopes808
5 months ago

If I wasn’t such bad luck, I’d love to buy this man’s jersey! I’ll stick to my custom jerseys though as 3 of the 4 players I’ve bought are no longer with the team smdh