Ryan Fitzpatrick returns to Buccaneers on 1-year deal

10 March, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Mike Evans is now signed long-term with the Buccaneers

On Thursday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers locked up their backup quarterback, re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick.

His $16.5 million annual salary is certain to up the demands by players like Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins, two free-agent receivers the Bears are expected to pursue.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has agreed a long-term contract extension.

Keeping Fitzpatrick in the fold provides insurance behind the 24-year-old Winston, who is still under league investigation for an alleged groping incident.

Evans was a second-team All-Pro in 2016, and has twice caught 12 receiving touchdowns in a season.

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It is a five-year, $82.5 million extension that includes $55 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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

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. The big-bodied receiver has also led the team in receptions and targets in each of the past three seasons. Glennon was drafted by the Buccaneers but joined the Chicago Bears in 2017.

This past season, Evans totaled 71 catches, 1,001 yards and 5 touchdowns in 15 games. The veteran played well, throwing for 1,103 yard and seven touchdowns against three interceptions.



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