Mike Evans’ time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appears to be coming to a close.
The star wide receiver was unable to reach a long-term agreement with the club prior to the start of the season, meaning that Evans will now be playing out the final year of his contract.
Although the Buccaneers have gotten off to a 2-0 start, the consensus is that they are certainly not going to be contending for a Super Bowl in 2023, meaning it may behoove them to send Evans elsewhere to recoup some value for him before he hits free agency.
The 30-year-old has logged nine straight 1,000-yard campaigns to start his NFL career, making him the first player in league history to achieve that feat. Through two games this season, he has caught 12 passes for 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Imagine him in the Chiefs’ offense with Patrick Mahomes throwing him the football?
Kansas City could send a couple of 2024 draft picks—a first rounder and a fourth—to Tampa Bay in exchange for Evans’ services.
Again, the Bucs will likely lose Evans in free agency anyway, so unless the Buccaneers seriously think they are contenders this season, they may be better served just cashing in on Evans.
Of course, to play devil’s advocate, Tampa Bay is playing in the incredibly weak NFC South, so a division title is not out of the question. For that reason, the Bucs will surely want to see how things play out over the next month before they make any concrete decision on Mike Evans, but if the club goes into a tailspin, expect rival teams to inquire about Evans.
If that happens, it would not be the least bit surprising if the defending champion Chiefs are at or near the top of the list.