Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Bucs explosive WR1 Evans to become lifer?

It may just be talk, but Bucs GM Jason Licht told reporters at the NFL combine that he hopes to re-sign veteran WR Mike Evans to a deal and make him a Bucs-lifer.

“He’s an unprecedented player. We want him to be a Buc for life. We’re working towards that,” Licht said. “Obviously it takes two sides. I know he wants to be a Buc. We’ll probably have to strain a little bit but we’re working towards that right now.”

Bucs tried to get the deal done last off-season

The Bucs and Evans had talks last off-season about extending him, “Mike decided to table those, then focus on the year,” Licht said. “Man, did he focus on the year. He had a hell of a year, and I’m happy for him and bet on himself, too.”

“Mike did a heck of a job and he came to work every day,” Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said. “He came to play every day, as you can see as a result from the statistics. And he’s been here for a decade and he’s done the same thing every year. He has been very consistent, very dynamic, yet he’s very humble off the field. But he’s a confident player. He’s one of my favorite players. I have a lot of respect for Mike and everything he does and he’s earned what he done.”

The Bucs also need to sign a QB, with the return of Baker Mayfield seeming to be the most likely, and most popular route. “I know he wants to be a Buc. We want him to be a Buc, so that’s usually a good starting point,” Licht said. “We want Baker back. Trust me, I can’t go two blocks in Tampa without somebody asking me that and you understand that and I totally understand it. He’s been great for our team. He’s been great for the organization and we would love to have Baker.”

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