Evans and the Buccaneers have agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million extension that includes $55 million guaranteed, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Evans struggled through the least productive season of his career in 2017, but he nonetheless reached 1,000 receiving yards for the fourth time in as many years, and the Bucs wisely are betting on a rebound with the help of a healthier campaign from Jameis Winston. The new deal tacks five seasons on top of Evans' fifth-year option, running through his age-30 campaign in 2023. He turns 25 in August and may still have his best football ahead of him, perhaps even this upcoming season if the Bucs sufficiently address their shaky offensive line during the free-agency period and/or draft.
Evans brought in five of 13 targets for 55 yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints. He also caught a two-point conversion pass. Evans was far from efficient with his targets, but he managed to still reach a memorable milestone in the season-ending victory. Per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, the former Aggie eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive campaign to start his career with his Week 17 haul, joining Randy Moss and A.J. Green as the only players to accomplish the feat in NFL history. Evans got there by just two yards -- leaving him with his lowest tally of his four campaigns -- but he did manage to improve his YPC from 13.8 to 14.1 in 2017. The 2014 first-round pick's 13 targets were also a season high and marked his seventh game with double-digit looks on the season. Evans is on the books for nearly $13.3 million in salary in 2018 in what will be the final year of his rookie contract, and he'll undoubtedly once again serve as a pivotal component of the air attack.
Evans brought in six of eight targets for 107 yards in Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Panthers. Evans paced all pass catchers in receptions and receiving yardage on the afternoon while generating his first 100-yard effort of the season. The 24-year-old's reception total was also his best since Week 12, and his production leaves him just 55 yards short of hitting the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth straight season. With fellow wideout DeSean Jackson potentially set to miss the season finale due to his ankle injury, Evans could be in for another solid workload versus the Saints in that contest.
Evans caught five of eight targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 24-21 loss to the Falcons. Evans was frustrated by two offensive pass interference calls on him -- one of which negated a deep touchdown -- but made up for those by rising above two defenders for a 42-yard score during the third quarter. In doing so, Evans found paydirt for the first time since Week 7. Although he's been inconsistent lately and is yet to top 100 yards in a game this season, Evans at least enters his Week 16 matchup with the Panthers coming off his best performance in a while. He was serviceable against them last time, catching five passes for 60 yards in Week 8.
Evans secured two of five targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Lions. Evans has surprisingly seen his production take a dive with the return of Jameis Winston from a shoulder injury, as he's now brought in just four of 11 targets for 58 yards in the last two contests. Winston has spread the ball around an inordinate amount in both games, which has certainly played a major role in Evans having much fewer opportunities than usual. However, he also hasn't gotten into the end zone since way back in Week 7, leaving him with the second-lowest touchdown total of his career. Evans certainly has the talent and rapport with Winston to snap out of his current funk, a feat he'll look to accomplish in a Week 15 divisional clash against the Falcons.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|11||11/18||@New York Giants||25||20.75|
|12||11/25||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|14||12/09||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
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|3 Year Avg||152||80||1176||7||66||14.70||161|