Jason Licht has carried out a masterful job constructing the Bucs. The contract work carried out by Mike Greenberg and Jackie Davidson over the previous couple of years to maintain the workforce’s Tremendous Bowl window open has been nothing in need of implausible. A fast take a look at the workforce’s roster will affirm that.
In a league with a wage cap, it isn’t simple to maintain a lot expertise on board from yr to yr. So, with regards to choosing Tampa Bay’s greatest contract, it must be tough, proper? Properly, perhaps not a lot.
Professional Soccer Focus’ Brad Spielberger lately revealed a chunk on every NFC workforce’s greatest contract, and his choose for the Bucs is in the end a no brainer. He went with extensive receiver Mike Evans, who signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract in 2018. He has two years and $28.5 million remaining on that deal. Contemplating his manufacturing, he comes at a price ticket that’s nothing in need of a steal.
Spielberger factors out that since 2014, Evans is fourth in PFF’s wins above alternative (WAR) metric. He additionally has the third-most receiving yards, the second-most explosive receptions and essentially the most receiving touchdowns within the league since 2014. And regardless of all of that, his contract’s common annual worth ranks seventeenth amongst receivers all through the league. That’s proper, the Bucs have a legit top-five receiver on a discount deal.
“Don’t want far more of an evidence than that,” Spielberger wrote.
What’s been so outstanding about Evans all through his profession is that he has remained such a workforce participant. In a league stuffed with receivers at all times in search of the largest contracts, the 2014 first-round choose has at all times been about profitable. In fact, he’s made his cash. However he has by no means been a me-first man on the sector, nor has he been one off of it. It’s what made it that rather more particular when the Bucs received the Tremendous Bowl two seasons in the past. Evans acquired a well-deserved championship ring, one thing that solely provides to his Corridor of Fame resume.
It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how Licht, Greenberg and Davidson method Evans’ contract going ahead. Will the 2 sides work out an extension earlier than he turns into a free agent in 2024? In that case, what is going to that contract appear to be?
One factor is for certain: Evans must be a profession Buccaneer, and there’s a great probability he desires that to be the case. And consequently, discovering the correct deal to permit him to complete his profession in Tampa must be manageable.