A startling declaration is made by a Buccaneers insider, dispelling speculations about Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans.
A social media post by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hinted at a false beginning for wide receiver Mike Evans and quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Fans of the Buccaneers were hoping for new contracts for Mayfield and Evans after seeing a social media video on Thursday with the caption “to be continued” featuring the two players. Jenna Laine, an ESPN Buccaneers insider, then broke the bad news.
“Just to be clear, as I’ve noticed some people making comments…There are currently no new contracts for Mike Evans and Baker Mayfield, according to Laine’s Thursday post on “X,” previously Twitter. “This is not that at all.”
Both Mayfield and Evans are expected to command hefty contracts when they become free agents in March. Spotrac forecasts Evans’ yearly income to be $23.8 million and Mayfield’s to be $27.1 million.
With approximately $32.87 million in salary cap room available, Mayfield and Evans are the only guys the Buccaneers should be thinking about. Linebacker Lavonte David and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. are two more players whom Tampa Bay would like to sign.
Just to clarify since I’ve seen some folks commenting…no new deals for Mike Evans and Baker Mayfield at this time. That’s not what this is. https://t.co/0SKX2qBqiy
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) February 8, 2024
“We Want to Get the Band Back Together,” says Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield sees something great in Tampa, which is why he spoke on Thursday as though it was 2021 and the Bucs had just brought back all 22 starters.
During the Super Bowl festivities, Mayfield said to NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano and Daniel Jeremiah, “Obviously, we want to get the band back together.”
With regard to rejoining Evans, Mayfield made that statement; nevertheless, the quarterback said that he will assess the situation in free agency. But he regarded the Buccaneers as a winning club, so the outcome might be similar.
Since I’ve personally witnessed it, Tampa clearly has the advantage, so I’m just analyzing that. Knowing where I’m going in life at this moment. To be able to have the opportunity to win Super Bowls is something I truly value, so I want to win,” Mayfield stated.
Mike Evans “Deserves a Lifetime Membership in the Buccaneers”
Evans might have a more difficult time joining the Buccaneers than Mayfield does. The agent for the receiver insisted on a Week 1 deadline for contract negotiations with the Buccaneers in 2023, but the request was not fulfilled.
Nevertheless, Mayfield has made a strong case for the Buccaneers to hold onto Evans. In2023, the pair combined for 79 completions totaling 1,255 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Mayfield remarked, “So we’ve both expressed our desires to be together, but it has to be done in the proper manner.” “Mike ought to be a lifelong Buccaneer. He has made enormous contributions to the franchise and that neighborhood. He has invested his time. Regarding the person as a player and a guy in general, I have nothing but praise for him.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 10, 2023
Mayfield is fully aware that it will be difficult to locate another receiver with Evans’ level of talent. Over his ten-year career, Evans has consistently delivered excellent performances.
Mayfield remarked, “I understand where Mike is in his career.” “.. He’s a prime target. The man has amassed 1,000 (receiving) yards ten years in a row, demonstrating remarkable consistency. Seldom can someone ever say that.
“That guy is insane,” Mayfield continued. “I believe he took it personally, but everyone wanted to put a date on it and say he’s not going to be good anymore.”