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Buccaneers star Mike Evans plans to test free agency for first time: report

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NFL star wide receiver Mike Evans spent his entire pro football career in one place. However, the 30-year-old’s future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appears to be in doubt.

According to a report from The Athletic, Evans has consistently expressed his desire to remain in Tampa, but will likely explore his options on the free agent market. Evans is scheduled to become a free agent later this month when the NFL’s new league year begins.

Evans and his agent were believed to be working towards a contract extension, but negotiations with the Buccaneers have reportedly stalled. As a result, Evans will now listen to other teams before deciding where he will play in 2024.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 13 Mike Evans watches before kickoff against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Cooper Neal/Getty Images)

Evans is coming off another strong season. He finished the 2023 season with 1,255 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He never finished with less than 1,000 receiving yards in his 10 NFL seasons.

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Evans’ strong play carried over into the 2023 postseason. He totaled 195 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Bucs’ two playoff games.

Mike Evans plays against the Cowboys

Mike Evans, No. 13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, plays the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. carry. (Mike Ehrman/Getty Images)

Evans’ consistency and intangible skills would appeal to multiple NFL teams if he were to hit the open market.

He agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Bucks in 2018.

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Evans has 11,680 career receiving yards. He was selected to five Pro Bowls during his 10 years with the Bucs. He is also a two-time second-team All-Pro receiver.

Michael Pittman Jr., Marquise Brown and Calvin Ridley also top the expected wide receiver free agent class.

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