The Buccaneers have done a simple restructure on wide receiver Mike Evans’ contract, as Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets. The adjustment will create an additional $3.2MM in cap space, though Evans will still earn $20MM in cash this year.
Heading into Tuesday, the Bucs had roughly $4.7MM in cap room. By adjusting Evans’ deal, the Bucs will have about $8MM to use on late-stage free agents and address some of their own players.
Evans, 26 in August, inked a five-year, $82.5MM extension with the Bucs last offseason. With incentives, Evans has the ability to earn nearly $96MM over the course of the pact. This marks the second time that Evans has adjusted his contract this offseason, though the previous revision did not address the Bucs’ cap situation.
Even with a fat new contract in hand, Evans did not rest on his laurels in 2018. The wide receiver earned his second career Pro Bowl nod as he hauled in 86 catches with a career-high 1,524 yards. He also set a new career best in yards-per-catch with 17.7 per reception and scored eight touchdowns.
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