Texans reportedly set to sign Buccaneers big star despite huge contract demands

The reigning AFC South champs appear to be passing on a significant chance to sign wide receiver Mike Evans if he becomes available in free agency next month.

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On Wednesday, the JoeBucsFan website reported that “a source with knowledge of the situation” speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine said that the Houston Texans “will not make a run at Evans” because they are “good with their current receiving corps, at least good enough to pass on a bidding war for Evans.”

Evans has frequently been mentioned in stories about Houston.

Furthermore, JoeBucsFan stated that Evans “is looking for an annual figure north of $25 million,” specifically in the range of average annual value numbers associated with the five-year, $141.25 million contract that All-Pro receiver Davante Adams signed shortly after being traded from the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders in March 2022.

While it was reported over the weekend that Evans and current Tampa Bay starting quarterback Baker Mayfield could be a “package deal” for any team this offseason, it’s unclear whether Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht is saving the franchise tag for Mayfield or safety Antoine Winfield Jr. before the tag deadline on Tuesday.

JoeBucsFan reported that new Buccaneers offensive coordinator Liam Coen “and many offensive coaches are not attending the 2024 combine” and are instead concentrating “on planning offensive installations.” Mayfield and Coen worked together with the Los Angeles Rams during the 2022 season.

“You know, I’m not taking anybody or anything for granted at all because anything can happen,” Licht said of Mayfield during a Tuesday SiriusXM NFL Radio broadcast. “But typically, and I’ve been our general manager for ten years, but I’ve been in the business for thirty, when a player genuinely wants to be with a team, which we know, and the team really wants a player, there’s a way to make it happen. It generally happens. And we are currently dealing with several of those cases.”

The Buccaneers have the financial flexibility to retain Evans, Mayfield, and Winfield, even if one of them requires a tag.

Perhaps Evans will be less expensive than initially expected if Houston and other clubs reconsider paying the 30-year-old this spring.

 

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