Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans climbed the charts for highest-paid wide receivers. The five-year veteran signed a new five-year extension worth $82 million including $55 million guaranteed.
The deal makes Evans the second-highest paid receiver in the NFL. Only Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown makes more annually. Next season, Brown is slated to make over $16.7 million with the Steelers.
Since being drafted seventh overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, Evans has tallied at l,000 yards per season in each of his first four years. Also, he has 32 touchdown receptions over the same span.
Perhaps the real winner of this deal will be New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He is scheduled to make over $8.4 million next season. That puts him in the same salary stratosphere as lesser pass catchers like Kelvin Benjamin, Emmanuel Sanders, and Tavon Austin.
Nonetheless, Evans’s new deal is well-deserved. He is the backbone of Tampa’s passing attack. He will need Jameis Winston to be a lot more consistent to help raise his numbers to Brown-like levels.