April 13, 2024

Dynasty Destinations: 4 Landing Spots for Mike Evans

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Dynasty Destinations: 4 Landing Spots for Mike Evans


NFL Free Agency is right around the corner, and teams are getting prepared. Clubs are cutting players, reworking contracts, and placing the franchise tag on players they don’t want to lose. With that being said, there’s still plenty that’s going to happen before free agency officially kicks off on March 13th at 4pm. We are going to take a look at some of these upcoming Free Agents, and give you some thoughts on ideal landing spots, and my prediction of where they end up.

In this piece, we are going to talk about Mike Evans. With Tee Higgins getting the Franchise Tag in Cincinnati, and Michael Pittman Jr. likely getting tagged, it looks that Evans is the top wide receiver to potentially hit free agency. Last season was arguably Evans' best so far. He earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection with 79 receptions for 1,255 yards while leading the NFL with 13 touchdowns. Evans also made history  by becoming the first player to post 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first 10 seasons. 

According to Spotrac, his current projected market value is set for $95.3 million over four years with an average annual salary of $23.8 million. While that seems like too much to pay a 30-year-old, Evans hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. With his size, hands, and body control, he should be very productive even when he loses a step or two. Now, let's take a look at some of the most ideal landing spots for the star wide receiver.

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First up of course, is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Reports are that Tampa is working on retaining their franchise wide receiver, and Evans has expressed the desire to finish his career as a Buccaneer. According to Spotrac, the Bucs will have around $48 million in cap space. That seems like plenty enough to retain Evans, however they have a lot of other holes to fill. They don’t have a quarterback for next year, as Baker Mayfield is a free agent as well.

Other key players set to hit the market include linebacker Devin White and superstar safety Antoine Winfield Jr. There is a lot of speculation that Tampa will use the franchise tag on Winfield Jr, which would cost the club a little over $17 million. Franchising Evans would cost almost $22 million. Cutting players like Shaq Barrett could free up much needed space as well. In fact, here's that somewhat unexpected move:



Tampa has quite a bit to work out, and only time will tell where Mike Evans fits in all of it.




Next up seems to be everyone’s top choice, the Kansas City Chiefs. Spotrac has the Chiefs with about $28 million in cap space. That doesn’t seem like a lot heading into free agency, but somehow KC seems to make the impossible fit each season. This off-season may prove to be their most difficult one yet. That’s because some of their key free agents include defensive lineman Chris Jones, safety Mike Edwards, and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed. Kansas City will use the franchise tag on Sneed but also facilitate a trade if need be.

It seems that adding a player like Mike Evans is going to be next to impossible, even for the defending Super Bowl Champs. While this a dream scenario for fantasy managers, it’s going to have to stay just that.. a dream. With the emergence of Rashee Rice and the wide receiver talent in this year’s draft, I don’t see Kansas City outbidding someone for Evans. They will be better off using their cap space to retain their own upcoming free agents. 





Last but not least, we have the Carolina Panthers. I know this seems odd, but Carolina has to do something to help quarterback Bryce Young. With almost $43 million in cap space, they have plenty of money to overpay for Evans’ services. Carolina could look at Calvin Ridley or Marquise Brown, but neither of them are Mike Evans.

The Panthers could improve their offense significantly while hurting Tampa’s, a division rival. That’s another benefit that could be worth the money. Carolina is desperate for a WR1, so I see them being a major player if Evans hits the market. 




The Chicago Bears almost certainly look to be taking former Heisman Trophy Winner Caleb Williams with the 1st pick. With close to $80 million in cap space they should be a serious player for Evans' services. It's rare for a quarterback to succeed in the NFL these days without receiving weapons. Giving Caleb Williams a combo of DJ Moore and Mike Evans would be dangerous and very beneficial to his development. It's also worth a note that with Caleb Williams playing on a rookie contract for the next 4-5 years would allow Chicago to build an extremely competitive roster.


It seems that Tampa is doing everything they can to retain Mike Evans, Baker Mayfield, and Antoine Winfield Jr. Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles on Mike Evans: "He had a heck of a year and he’s been doing it for a decade now, and obviously, we want him to retire as a Buc."



In the end, I see Tampa re-signing Baker Mayfield and placing the Franchise Tag on Antoine Winfield Jr, allowing Mike Evans to enter free agency. I don't see a team with an elite quarterback being about to afford Mike Evans. After a bidding war between Carolina and Chicago, I see Evans taking the money and signing with the Bears for an extremely front-loaded 4 year $96 million contract.




Well, so much for my prediction. Now the Bucs can franchise Winfield Jr.


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