Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans remains optimistic about management recognizing his value, and he has tackled his existing contract ahead of a self-imposed Saturday deadline.
Evans discussed soft demand for a raise on Thursday, giving no indication that he would not be on board the team charter for Minneapolis on Saturday, deadline or not, ahead of the Week 1 opener against the Vikings.
“I’m blessed to be in this position,” said Evans. “A lot of people dream of reaching year 10. I’m happy to be here, I feel great. I’m looking forward to a great season.”
A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Evans is entering the final season of a five-year, $82.5 million renewal signed in March 2018. He received a $1.5 million roster bonus in March and will receive a $13 base salary in 2023 earn million.
With over 1,000 yards in each of his first nine seasons, Evans is one season away from tying Jerry Rice as the only NFL players to produce 10 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Evans, 30, said he intends to “do what’s best for my future” if a new contract deal cannot be made.
“Any player in my position would want to be firm and safe,” he said.
“Ownership and management are going to do what they think is best for the team and the future of the team. I’m going to do what’s best for me and my future. Right now that’s just playing good ball.”
— Field level media