During the 2016 NFL season, one of the teams in the league that surprise a lot of people were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers looked like a very solid team with a lot of potential for success in the future. While they were not expected to be very good that here, the team ended up winning nine games and competed for a playoff spot. Unfortunately, the next season was not as successful as they won just five games and finished in last place in their division.
Part of the reason why team did not do very well during the year was that they struggled with injuries all season long. One player that has been a very key contributor to the team in the past is wide receiver Mike Evans. During the 2016 season, Evans was one of the best receivers in the league and had over 1,300 receiving hours. However, he had a step back in 2017 due to a variety of small injuries and saw his production drop. This upcoming season, he is expected to be once again one of the top receivers in the league. It also appears that the team believes in him significantly as they made a big investment in his future (http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22704970/mike-evans-tampa-bay-buccaneers-signs-5-year-extension).
Earlier this week the Buccaneers and the rest of the NFL announced that the team had signed Evans to a five year deal worth more than $82 million. This was the biggest wide receiver contract in franchise history and makes him one of the best paid receivers in the league. What makes the contract even more impressive is that it comes with $55 million in guaranteed money, which is by far the most of any wide receiver contract in the NFL.
While Evans did not have a great season in 2017 compared to other years in his past, he is still on a historic pace. This year he became the third wide receiver in league history to record more than 1,000 yards receiving in each of his first four seasons in the NFL. The other two receivers in this group, Randy Moss and AJ Green, are considered among the best in NFL history. Evans will continue to provide the team with a great weapon on the offensive side of the ball.