Mike Evans Agrees To $82.5M Extension With Tampa Bay

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With the extension tacked onto his fifth-year option, Evans is staying in Tampa Bay through the 2023 season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with popular former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

They will pick seventh in the upcoming NFL Draft. The Buccaneers had no desire to let him get away, and Evans was obviously motivated to continue his stellar career in Tampa, as well.

The backup to Jameis Winston started three games and went 2-1 last season.

The five-year extension is worth a whopping $16.5M per year, putting it on par with the new money yearly average Antonio Brown received from the Steelers on his four-year extension. He would need only 440 receiving yards in 2018 to take over the top spot, which would obviously be far below his expected production. Glennon was drafted by the Buccaneers but joined the Chicago Bears in 2017.

Evans burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2014 with 68 receptions for 1,051, immediately setting a new franchise single-season record with 12 touchdown catches. He's one of only three players in National Football League history to begin their National Football League careers with more than 1,000 receiving yards over four straight seasons - only Randy Moss (6) and A.J.

Evans was a second-team All-Pro in 2016, and has twice caught 12 receiving touchdowns in a season.