Mike Evans agrees to stay with Bucs amid free agency rumors

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Mike Evans was set to be one of the biggest names on the free-agent market once the NFL offseason officially began, but on Monday, he decided to stick with the team that drafted him.

Evans agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He confirmed the agreement with a post on Instagram, showing a picture of himself in a creamsicle Buccaneers jersey along with a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio from “The Wolf of Wall Street” in the scene in which he tells his co-workers he’s “not f—ing leaving” Stratton Oakmont.


Mike Evans with Bucs win sign

Mike Evans, #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, runs off the field after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs at Raymond James Stadium on Jan. 15, 2024 in Tampa, Florida. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

“Fire Them Cannons,” Evans’ post read.

The star wide receiver agreed to a two-year deal worth $52 million, FOX Sports reported.

Evans has earned the title of greatest wide receiver in franchise history as he is on pace to achieve a mark only seen by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

The five-time Pro Bowler has 10 consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving. Rice had 11 consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 yards receiving as he played with Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young. 

Mike Evans looks on

Mike Evans, #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, looks on prior to an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Jan. 21, 2024 in Detroit. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)


What makes Evans’ mark possibly even more impressive is that his starting quarterbacks ranged from Tom Brady to Jameis Winston to Josh McCown to Baker Mayfield, with a bevy of backup quarterbacks in between.

Evans broke Randy Moss’ record for most consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons to start a season with eight. He is also the third player in NFL history with 10 1,000-yard receiving seasons, with Rice and Moss. Rice had 14 during his illustrious career.

Last season, Evans led the NFL for the first time with 13 touchdown catches. He also had 1,255 receiving yards as Tampa Bay won the NFC South title.

Mike Evans points

Mike Evans, #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reacts after a first down reception against the Carolina Panthers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium on Dec. 3, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)


With Evans locked up, Tampa Bay can now focus on what it will do with players like Baker Mayfield and Antoine Winfield Jr. to name a few.

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