Bucs’ Mike Evans speaks out on Tom Brady signing
Needless to say, Mike Evans is more than thrilled with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signing Tom Brady.
The Buccaneers pulled the biggest signing of free agency by snagging the six-time Super Bowl champion. In the process, Tampa Bay became immediate Super Bowl contenders. In fact, they went from 40-to-1 odds to 22-to-1 odds upon Brady’s signing.
Evans has now played six seasons in the NFL. And despite establishing himself as one of the best receivers in the game, he has yet to make the postseason. With Brady at the helm, the expectations for the Buccaneers are now different — and Evans can’t hold back in his excitement.
Via Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times:
“It’s surreal,” Evans said. “He’s about to be my quarterback, man. I know you don’t know football like that, but I’ve played six years in the NFL, and I haven’t been to the playoffs yet. Tom Brady has won six Super Bowls.”
While Evans may be a three-time Pro Bowler, Brady is the most established quarterback in NFL history. He has four Super Bowl MVP’s, three league MVP’s and is a 14-time Pro Bowler.
The Buccaneers went just 7-9 last season with Jameis Winston under center. While Winston created a lot of highlights with his 5,000-yard season, he was simply too turnover prone. The 26-year-old quarterback threw 30 interceptions, earning the dubious distinction of becoming the first QB to throw for 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a single season.
Now, the Buccaneers are moving on from a question mark of a franchise passer to the best ever. Although Tampa Bay hasn’t clinched a postseason bid since 2007, they will be expected to do so with Brady at the helm.