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Mike Evans tries to help the Bucs keep the band together

Tampa Bay's top receiver offers to take pay cut
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Posted at 3:12 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 17:40:03-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans has three years left on a five-year, $82.5 million contract. He's restructured it twice to give the organization more financial flexibility.

Last week, Evans told the team he'd take a pay cut to help sign other players.

"Our team is so selfless. We love this game," Evans said after the team's Super Bowl boat parade. "The money’s great, but we don’t give a d**n about the money. We want to win. That’s what everybody bought in to. And it worked out for us. We’re going to try and do it again. We’re going for two."

Seven key players are set to become free agents this offseason. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, receiver Antonio Brown, running back Leonard Fournette, receiver Chris Godwin, linebacker Shaq Barrett, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and linebacker Lavonte David are all eligible to hit the open market on March 17.

David, the longest-tenured Buc, has spent all nine of his NFL seasons in Tampa. He said he definitely wants to make it a decade — or more — with the team that drafted him.

"I want to be back in Tampa badly," David said. "I made a home here. I started a foundation here. I started a legacy here. Now I’m finally getting a chance to be part of team that has a foundation, who has that winning pedigree. I definitely want to be a part. Definitely want to see where it goes years from now."