Buccaneers pick up fifth-year option on WR Mike Evans

Doug Martin out of rehab, back with the Buccaneers for offseason workouts

The decision could come before the NFL Draft later this month. This was not one of them. Both sides have shown an interest to get such a deal done after a productive first three seasons with Tampa Bay. He said so again on Monday.

"I hope Mike is a Buc for life", Licht said Monday.

"Yeah we picked up his fifth-year option today", Jason Licht said. It wasn't a very tough decision. "I can promise you at some point. we'll be contacting his agent to try to make an offer that will make him a Buc longterm". Today, we picked up his option.

Rather than doing so, the team seems to be keeping him in its plans for 2017.

Evans has been a highly productive part of their offense since the moment he arrived in Tampa and completed his third season with 238 catches for 3,578 yards and 27 touchdowns to show for his first 46 National Football League games. That option must be exercised or declined between the player's third and fourth seasons. By picking up the contract option, the Bucs are holding onto Evans for the 2018 season.

Because he violated terms of his contract, the Bucs are no longer obligated to pay Martin the $7 million he was guaranteed for 2017.

- The Bucs had all five of their exclusive-rights free agents sign tenders Monday: TE Cameron Brate, WR Adam Humphries, DB Jude Adjei-Barimah, LB Adarius Glanton and WR Freddie Martino. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

The Buccaneers did not have a first-round pick in 2013, having traded it to the Jets for cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Just 23 years old, Evans is a key part of an exciting young core on offense for the Buccaneers. The Pro Bowl pass catcher will now remain in Tampa Bay through at least the 2018-2019 season.

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