Mike Evans, Buccaneers Reportedly Agree to 5-Year, $82.5M Blockbuster Contract

Report: Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Report: Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The contract, which averages a $16.5 million per-year average, includes $55 million in guarantees, Rapoport added. His rookie deal paid him $14.631 million over the previous four years, and the Bucs picked up his fifth-year option that pays a base salary this year of $13.258 million.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018, the team announced Friday. The Buccaneers had no desire to let him get away, and Evans was obviously motivated to continue his stellar career in Tampa, as well.

Evans had one year remaining on his entry-level contract but is now secured by the Buccaneers throughout his prime, with the former first-round pick emerging as one of the elite playmakers in the National Football League and the prime target for young quarterback Jameis Winston.

The deal makes Evans the NFL's second highest-paid wide receiver, behind Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who averages $17 million per season. That's the goal with every draft pick, and keeping Evans in the fold is a major accomplishment.

Evans' extension represents a turn towards the future for the Bucs. He is coming off a strong 2017 campaign where he posted a team-best 71 catches for 1,001 receiving yards with three touchdowns in 15 games played.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans catches a 4-yard pass for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

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