Bucs WR Mike Evans opens up about contract

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Jan 1, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a pass from touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium.
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Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans remains optimistic about management recognizing his value, and he addressed his existing contract before a self-imposed Saturday deadline.

Evans discussed the soft demand for a salary hike on Thursday, giving no indication that he wouldn’t 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,” Evans said. Evans said, “I’m blessed to be in this position.” I am happy to be here and feel good. I’m looking to have a fantastic season. Evans, 30, said he plans to “do what’s best for my future” if a new contract agreement cannot be hammered out. He received a $1.5 million roster bonus in March and will earn a $13 million base salary in 2023.

With 1,000-plus receiving yards 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 plans to “do what’s best for my future” if a new contract agreement can’t be hammered out.

“Any player in my position would want to be solidified and secure,” he said.

“Ownership and management are going to do what they feel is best for the team and the team’s future. Evans, 30, said he plans to “do what’s right for my future” if a new contract agreement cannot be hammered out. “Playing some good baseball” is all that you can do for now. “

-Field Level Media