Report: Buccaneers Deal With Evans, “Both Sides Remain Far Apart”


Senior NFL Insider for The Athletic Dianna Russini is reporting that a deal for Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans will not happen today. Today is a “soft deadline” for the team to re-sign him and save some salary cap money for 2024.

As Russini reports, both sides continue to negotiate in good faith, but no progress to report yet.

Via Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz,

“The Buccaneers had a soft deadline today to get an extension done with Pro Bowl WR Mike Evans, but both sides remain far apart, sources say. Tampa Bay is set to take on $7.4M in 2024 dead money by not getting a deal done today. Talks will continue, but my understanding is Evans is trending toward becoming a free agent, barring an unexpected change in discussions.”

Re-signing Evans today (February 19th) would save $7.387 against the 2024 salary cap number. But with these reports coming out, that looks highly unlikely.

Not being able to re-sign Evans could have a ripple effect in re-signing pending free agent quarterback Baker Mayfield and others.

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