How Mike Evans' new contract impacts the Chicago Bears

Mike Evans

Mike Evans

He was set to enter the final year of his rookie deal on a fifth-year option worth $13.2 million, which heightened the internal push to something done.

Evans now will be behind Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown, who is the highest-paid receiver at $17 million per year, and just above Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who makes $16.2 million annually.

The contract is for one year, but the amount of money is not known at this time.

They say the best National Football League franchises become successful by drafting well and re-signing their own.

He and the Bucs began discussing a new contract early last season and the process intensified this offseason, with Tampa making retaining the dynamic player a priority. He would need only 440 receiving yards in 2018 to take over the top spot, which would obviously be far below his expected production. The big-bodied receiver has also led the team in receptions and targets in each of the past three seasons. The team may have similar tasks in the years to come with the likes of Jameis Winston, Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith, Kwon Alexander and others. In the process, Evans formed what is likely to be the most potent QB-WR combo in franchise history with Winston, the first-overall draft pick in 2015.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans catches a 4-yard pass for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

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