DreadNaught wrote:I'd agree with Bootz here in that the likelihood of Evans value decreasing is very low. Other than suspension for substance abuse/PEDs or something off-field I don't see how that is possible. Evans has already done enough in his first 3 years, combined with his potential to warrant top level WR money in his next contract.
Bootz's point about Evans waiting longer with increase the value of his next contract is probably correct. The market is always increasing as the cap increases. Which is why I think the Bucs should just take the highest APY WR contract right now and offer that to Evans. Make him the highest paid WR in the game (or at least in the ballpark) and increase his 2017 cap hit now while the team is better position to absorb it. Beckham will reset/raise the bar of the WR market in his next contract anyways.
It's ultimately up to Evans on when he wants to re-sign. He and everyone else knows he's in for a big payday whether it's this offseason or next. If he wanted to really max out he would let his contract run out through the end of 2018 and hit the FA market in following offseason prior to 2019 and make teams bid.
Absolutely. The Bucs would benefit from signing him sooner.
Another way to look at it is this. Evans is 23 and eligible for an extension. Almost unheard of. But say he decides to sign the highest WR contract now, AJ Greens 4yr/$60mil/$15mil APY. He'll again be up for a contract when he's 27. That's another huge payday, provided he continues to perform,which I have no doubts about if he's healthy.