Tampa Bay announced it also promoted WR Spencer Schnell to the active roster and signed DB Herb Miller to the practice squad.
Buccaneers Place WR Mike Evans and S Jordan Whitehead on Injured Reserve
— Buccaneers Communications (@BuccaneersComms) December 18, 2019
Evans was already expected to miss the rest of 2019 with a hamstring injury he suffered last week, so this just makes it official.
Evans, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $14.631 million and set to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season when he agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million extension that includes $55 million guaranteed last year.
Evans stands to make base salaries of $20 million (2019), $16.75 million (2020), $12.25 million (2021), $14 million (2022) and $13 million (2023) over the remainder of the agreement.
In 2019, Evans appeared in 13 games for the Buccaneers and caught 67 passes for 1,157 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.
Whitehead, 22, was drafted by the Buccaneers in the fourth round out of Pittsburgh in 2018. He’s in the second year of a four-year, $3.1 million rookie contract.
In 2019, Whitehead appeared in 14 games for the Buccaneers, recording 69 tackles, an interception, one fumble recovery and nine pass defenses.