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Mike Evans’ free agency; 5 landing spots for the All-Pro WR
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Mike Evans’ free agency; 5 landing spots for the All-Pro WR

TAMPA, Fla. (BVM) – This year’s NFL free agency class features some of the best players in the league. One of those players is Mike Evans, the top wide receiver available after the Cincinnati Bengals franchise-tagged Tee Higgins.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers couldn’t agree on a new contract with the five-time Pro Bowler before the Feb. 19 deadline that would’ve avoided a roughly $7.4 million cap hit. On Feb. 25, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on SportsCenter that the Buccaneers are still trying to reach a deal with Evans, though he’s likely to test the free agent market.

The league’s legal tampering period begins March 11 and contracts can be officially signed on March 13 when the new league year begins. The Buccaneers hope to sign Evans before he can negotiate with other teams but they still have to decide if they want to resign Baker Mayfield and Antoine Winfield Jr., who will both require big money to stay in Tampa. As it stands, the veteran wideout will likely hit the open market.

The NFL announced a $30.6 million salary cap increase for the new league year which should increase the number of teams vying for his services. Evans’ projected market value is $23.8 million per year, according to Spotrac.

Evans will be 31 years old at the start of next season and arguably had the best season of his career in 2023. He led the NFL with 13 touchdown receptions and caught 79 passes for 1,255 yards. Across his 10-year career with Tampa Bay, Evans has eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in each season and has only missed nine games.

Should he make it to the new league year without a contract, here are his top five landing spots.