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Tampa Bay Buccaneers restructure Mike Evans’ contract

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have restructured the contract of wide receiver Mike Evans in order to create $3.2 million in cap space, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Evans is set to make $20 million this coming season.

Evans is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and hauled in 86 receptions for 1,524 yards and eight touchdowns.

The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Texas A&M, was originally selected by the Buccaneers with the seventh overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

It didn’t take long for Evans to stamp his name among the best receivers in football, as he burst on to the scene in his rookie year and caught 68 passes for 1,051 yards and 12 scores.

Evans was then even better in 2015, snaring 74 balls for 1,206 yards while reaching the end zone three times. He then proceeded to make his first Pro Bowl in 2016, registering 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The Galveston, Tx. native then continued his streak of 1,000-yard seasons in 2017, finishing with 71 receptions for 1,001 yards and five scores.

Evans has also only missed three games throughout his six-year NFL career.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers as a whole have not been nearly as successful over that span, as they are coming off of a season in which they won just five games, resulting in the firing of head coach Dirk Koetter after three years at the helm.

Tampa Bay then replaced Koetter with Bruce Arians.

The Bucs have not made the playoffs since the 2007-08 campaign and have posted three winning seasons since then.