The Buccaneers and Gage agreed to terms of a contract Tuesday on a three-year, $30 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Gage is coming off back-to-back productive seasons in Atlanta in which he totaled at least 66 catches and 770 yards and exactly four touchdowns per year. He'll kick off the upcoming campaign as the No. 2 wide receiver in Tampa Bay behind Mike Evans due to Chris Godwin's ongoing recovery from a Week 15 ACL tear. Considering Godwin may not be healthy for a good portion of the season, Gage should be on the receiving end of numerous passes per game from Tom Brady.
Gage caught nine of 13 targets for 126 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints. Gage posted his most receptions and yards since since Week 13 (11 catches for 130 yards) and caught his third touchdown of the season -- his first since Week 15. The 25-year-old slot receiver took over as Matt Ryan's favorite target when Calvin Ridley (personal) left the team Week 7, registering 61 receptions for 742 yards and four touchdowns in the final 12 weeks of the season. The fourth-year pro is set to become a free agent this offseason and likely will garner interest around the league after registering 1,556 yards and eight touchdowns in 30 games over the last two seasons.
Gage brought in three of five targets for 50 yards in the Falcons' 29-15 loss to the Bills on Sunday. Gage co-led the Falcons in receptions on a very modest day for Atlanta's passing attack while checking in second in receiving yardage to Kyle Pitts. The veteran wideout now has at least 50 receiving yards in five of the last six games going into the Week 18 finale versus the Saints.
Gage brought in four of five targets for 39 yards in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions. He also lost a fumble. The veteran gave way to Kyle Pitts as the linchpin of the pass-catching corps for the week, but Gage still checked in as a distant runner-up to the rookie tight end in receptions, receiving yards and targets. Gage has no fewer than four catches in six consecutive games going into a Week 17 road matchup against the Bills.
Gage had eight receptions (11 targets) for 91 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-13 loss to San Francisco. Gage continued his recent run of success with another strong fantasy outing. The veteran wideout is averaging 7.3 receptions and 86.8 receiving yards with two total touchdowns over the last four weeks, establishing himself as Atlanta's top receiving option after Calvin Ridley's (personal) mid-season departure. Gage will look to keep this hot streak rolling against the Lions next Sunday.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
|3||09/25||Green Bay Packers||14||20.67|
|4||10/02||Kansas City Chiefs||28||23.80|
|9||11/06||Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
|13||12/05||New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
|14||12/11||@San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||92||62||667||3||37||10.76||82|