April 13, 2024

Fantasy Impact: Mike Evans Signs for 2 Years $52 Million

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Fantasy Impact: Mike Evans Signs for 2 Years $52 Million

 

 

Mike Evans solidifies his role in Tampa Bay, avoiding Free Agency. Some might say that he's "too old" to earn this type of contract, but 30-year-old Evans has done just that - earned it. The deal is reported to be a two-year, $52 million extension with $35 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schefter also says that the $26 million per season salary "is the largest for a wide receiver this old on his third contract."

 

 

The impact of Evans remaining in Tampa Bay is pretty big. He began his career there and he'll likely end his career there. This means he has a strong fan base, which helps a player not only stay in the limelight but also provides positive reinforcement. Being a veteran team member also comes with the likelihood of more opportunities on the field. The coaches know what he's capable of and he builds a long-standing, strong relationship with the quarterback.

Speaking of quarterbacks, the chemistry between Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans is undeniable. They made some magic together this past season. The hope is that the Buccaneers will also now work on settling Mayfield's contract, solidifying W1 upside for Mike Evans for the next couple of years at least. That being said, should the Bucs not retain Mayfield as their quarterback of choice, Evans has the talent to perform under any quarterback with similar skills (or better).

 

 

The seventh pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Evans hasn't had the sexiest career, but he's certainly always been an effective fantasy pick. He's one of the most consistent wide receivers out there. This past season, in 2023, he caught 79 passes, which happens to be the third-most in the league. He's recorded 1,000 yards or more in each of his 10 NFL seasons. This makes him the first wide receiver in NFL history to do this within his first 10 seasons and the second receiver to do this in 10 straight seasons.  Jerry Rice had 14 consecutive seasons.

Mike Evans' new deal is clearly one of those "age is just a number" things. Fantasy Football managers who are looking for their "win now" in dynasty leagues or "win again" in redraft should be drafting him sooner rather than later. We can look for him to continue to consistently contribute over the next two years at least. What are your thoughts? Will you be drafting Mike Evans? Let me know on X, the app formerly known as Twitter, @KellyInPhoenix.

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