The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a deadline to sign wide receiver to a contract extension. This comes directly from his agent and appears to cast light on the possibility that Evans may be playing his last season as a Buccaneer.
Mike Evans agent @DerykGilmore says they are giving the Bucs until the start of the regular season to “make him a Buc for life.”
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 1, 2023
From Evans’ Agent Deryk Gilmore,
“When Mike Evans was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization his promises were to win a Super Bowl and be a Buc for Life! He knew he would do everything in his power to make both come true.
For the past nine years, Mike has set records on the field that will surely put him in the Hall of Fame. He is considered one of the most selfless teammates by his peers and coaching staff and has been one of the most charitable players in the National Football League. He loves Tampa and the community surrounding the Bucs, and after keeping his promise of winning a Super Bowl, he hopes to uphold his promise to be a Buc for Life. AS he enters year 10, he is facing the prospect of doing so with uncertainty surrounding his future
Despite our efforts over the past two years, and the professionalism of Bucs General Manager, Jason Licht, and Assistant General Manager, Mike Greenberg, we have not received an offer to stay in Tampa. This is disappointing to Mike as he sees other teams step up to keep key pieces and players that are important to their organizations. Many players with his status would have held out of camp to not risk injury, but Mike has continued practicing hard, as always, because he puts his team first. When you have a player that will be a Hall of Famer and still has four to six more years to make an impact in the league, you move Heaven and Earth to keep him on your team and we would hope ownership feels the same way.
We have been working on extending Mike’s career with the Bucs for over a year, and we want the fans to know this is not a tactic and the ball is in the owner’s court. That said, we are giving the Bucs until the start of the regular season to make him a Buc for Life, and if that cannot happen, 100 percent of Mike’s focus will be on football and his future and where he can continue to make an impact.
Mike wants the next phase of his career to be with an organization who wants him and wants him to help win a Super Bowl. Which is why we have informed the Buccaneers organization that we will discontinue contract as if Sept 9, 2023.”
This is a developing story, we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.
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