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Mike Evans contract: Bucs star wants to be ‘solidified and secured’ amidst contract talks

by Moxieplay

Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to work out an extension so that the team’s iconic receiver can guide it into a new era. But no deal has been reached yet, and Tampa Bay‘s season begins in Minnesota on Sunday.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Evans updated reporters on how the talks are going, reiterating that there is a deadline for conversations to conclude and that he wants to feel “solidified and secured” as he reaches the back half of his NFL career.

A Week 1 deadline

Evans said the Buccaneers have until on Saturday to make him an acceptable offer. Otherwise, the 30-year-old is prepared to play out the final year of his contract and walk as a free agent in 2024.

Evans, the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has spent his entire career with the Bucs and has recorded 10,425 receiving yards across nine seasons. He remains a top-flight wide receiver, and Tampa Bay would like to continue counting on him. But following Tom Brady‘s retirement earlier this year, the franchise has elected to cut back on salaries, and Evans counts $24 million against the cap this season — meaning a resolution needs to be reached.

Negotiations ongoing

Evans and the Buccaneers are still talking terms, and earlier this week, the receiver submitted a “structure” that would work for him. It’s not yet known if Tampa Bay is amenable to said structure — or if a contract will be in place by the weekend.

If he stays in Tampa this season, Evans will be Baker Mayfield‘s #1 receiver as the Buccaneers hope to spring a surprise in the NFC South. Not much is expected of the Bucs this season, and the team could be out of playoff contention around the trade deadline — meaning Evans could be a prime candidate to be moved ahead of his potential free agency.

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