Evans agreed to convert $3 million of his 2019 salary into a bonus, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The move has no impact on Evans' earnings, simply pushing the cap charge into future years to give the Buccaneers a bit more flexibility in 2019. His role as a high-volume No. 1 receiver has never appeared more secure, with the team hiring Bruce Arians as head coach and then allowing DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries to leave in the offseason. Jameis Winston figures to hone in on Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard in 2019, as Jackson and Humphries accounted for 179 targets last season. The 25-year-old Evans is looking to build on a 2018 campaign in which he established personal bests for receiving yards (1,524), yards per catch (17.7) and yards per target (11.1). The efficiency will be difficult to match, but an uptick in volume (139 targets) could make up for any decline in YPT.
Evans is looking forward to working under new head coach Bruce Arians next season, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports. "I'm excited," Evans said. "I've heard nothing but good things about him. I'm sure he's going to be ready to work, and I am as well."
Despite a disappointing 2018 season from a team perspective that was bad enough to earn coach Dirk Koetter a pink slip, Evans enjoyed plenty of individual statistical success. The soon-to-be sixth-year veteran set a new career high with 1,524 receiving yards while posting the second-best reception (86) and touchdown (eight) totals of his career. Arians has already committed to Jameis Winston as his starting quarterback, which establishes immediate stability at an all-important position. The continuity under center also ups Evans' chances of success, given his well-established rapport with the 2015 first overall pick. Evans can certainly draw encouragement from the prolific numbers that Larry Fitzgerald generated under Arians as the No.1 receiver in Arizona, particularly over a three-season stretch from 2015-17 during which the future Hall of Famer compiled 325 receptions for 3,394 yards and 21 touchdowns across 48 games.
Evans wraps up a disappointing season for the Bucs as one of the team's true bright spots, and he compiled between 86 and 121 receiving yards over his last four games. The fifth-year veteran logged eight 100-yard efforts overall as well, enabling him to amass a career-best 1,524 yards on the campaign. Already locked up long-term in Tampa, Evans will now look ahead to 2019, when he could well be operating under a new head coach and offensive system given Dirk Koetter's highly tenuous status at the moment.
Evans paced the Bucs in receiving yardage, hauling in a game-long 38-yard reception and also logging his first touchdown in the last five contests. The fifth-year pro now has one reception of over 30 yards in each of the last three games, posting yardage totals of between 86 and 121 in those contests. Evans has enjoyed a strong second half of the season overall despite some turmoil at the quarterback position, and he'll look to add finish his campaign strong versus the Falcons in Week 17.
The catch rate left something to be desired, but Evans managed a highly appealing stat line from a fantasy standpoint. Over half of his production came on a 64-yard reception on a broken play, which helped lead to his seventh 100-yard effort of the season. The 25-year-old was kept out of the end zone again, however, and he 's now gone four consecutive games without a touchdown. He'll look to build on Sunday's effort versus a stingy Cowboys secondary in Week 16.
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