Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
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Bucs Extend Mike Evans, Make Him Second-Highest Paid WR

Bucs Extend Mike Evans, Make Him Second-Highest Paid WR

The deal makes him the NFL's second highest-paid wide receiver after Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown ($17M per year average).

In Fitzpatrick's first season with the Bucs, he played in six games with three starts, finishing with a 2-1 record.

While some National Football League stars are getting franchise tagged and released, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is out here getting paid.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the news Friday and noted the new deal includes $55 million in guaranteed money.

Evans earns $18 million in salary and bonus in 2018, and then would have a cash flow of $20 million in 2019, $18.72 million in 2020, $12.25 million in 2021, $14 million in 2022 and $14,5 million in 2023.

Evans had 71 catches for 1,001 yards and five TDs in 2017, when the Bucs finished 5-11 and missed the playoffs for the 10th straight season.

Fitzpatrick, 35, was brought in by Tampa Bay to be the backup to Jameis Winston and to provide some mentorship for the 24-year-old starting quarterback. He has become a fixture in the Tampa community and back home in Texas through his outreach work, partnering with Amanda White of Day 1 Sports to run his foundation. In his Pro Bowl 2016 season, he was targeted twice as often as any other Tampa pass-catcher.

Although interceptions have plagued Fitzpatrick throughout his career, he was able to keep them under control last season, throwing just three.

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