“We’re not doing any negotiating. We’re just going to wait and play it out,” Gilmore said. “We think that the Buccaneers are a great organization. We feel that they really care about Mike; they care about the direction of the franchise and where it’s going. … He’s under contract so what we like to do is let him finish up. We think [Evans’ stats and records] will speak for itself, and when it comes time to do the deal I think his deal will be in-line with what we plan.”
Gilmore implied they’re fine with Evans playing out the 2018 season under the fifth-year option and setting himself up for a big payday in 2019.
“He’s under contract so what we like to do is let him finish up,” Gilmore said. “We think [Evans’ stats and records] will speak for itself, and when it comes time to do the deal I think his deal will be in-line with what we plan.”
Gilmore said that the Buccaneers have yet to approach them with a contract offer, but he’d obviously evaluate any deal they would submit while adding that he believes his client is top five player in the NFL at his position.
Evans, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $14.631 million and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
The Buccaneers picked up his fifth-year option last April, which will keep him under team control through the 2018 season at $13.258 million.
In 2017, Evans appeared in 15 games for the Buccaneers and caught 71 passes for 1,001 yards receiving and five touchdowns for the Buccaneers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 receiver out of 116 qualifying players.