Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans agreed with the team on a contract restructuring to help clear north of $8 Million ahead of the 2021 NFL Regular Season.
This, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic on Wednesday.
The Bucs and Mike Evans have agreed to a contract restructuring that will be signed Thursday. It can create as much as $8.94 million in cap space, which gives them much-needed breathing room as they navigate the season ahead.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 1, 2021
After solidifying their initial 53-Man roster on Tuesday the Buccaneers found themselves over the year’s salary cap limitations, making the move a necessary one.
However, it isn’t so much the fact the team needed to clear money from this year’s budget-making this noteworthy. It’s more that Mike Evans is once again the subject of moving money around for Tampa Bay.
This isn’t the first time Evans has done something like this to help his franchise. While he isn’t exactly taking a pay cut, being flexible and willing to discuss ideas for improving the team off the field is one factor that makes him perhaps the most beloved wide receiver in franchise history.
Breaking records doesn’t hurt either, which Bucs fans saw Evans top a legend of the game last season with his eighth straight 1,000-yard receiving season to start his NFL career. The only wide receiver in league history to do so after surpassing Randy Moss who had done so for his first seven years as a professional.
Before the move, according to Over The Cap, the Buccaneers were nearly $7 Million over the 2021 salary cap. So this move puts the team close to $2 Million under the limitation, meaning they can now move ahead without financial limitations hanging over them.
And move on they will, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepare to host the Dallas Cowboys to get the NFL Regular Season started in Raymond James Stadium, on September 9th.