Another first-round pick has signed his rookie contract, according to the Buccaneers, who announced today that they’ve locked up Mike Evans to a four-year deal, with a fifth-year team option for the 2018 season (Twitter link via Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com). By our count, Evans is the 21st of 32 first-rounders to officially ink his deal.
The seventh overall pick, Evans was the second receiver off the board last month, after No. 4 pick Sammy Watkins. The former Aggie was a consensus All-American in 2013 at Texas A&M after racking up 69 receptions for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 20-year-old was also the first of six offensive players selected by Tampa Bay in a draft class that didn’t include a single defender. So far, the Bucs have secured four of those players, with only tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Charles Sims still unsigned.
Per Jason Fitzgerald’s numbers at OverTheCap.com, Evans’ four-year contract should have an overall value of about $14.632MM, with a signing bonus worth in the neighborhood of $8.96MM.