Pelissero says Evans is still due $20 million in cash this year. This creates a little bit of flexibility for the Buccaneers, who were hard up against the cap.
The Buccaneers had restructured Evans’ contract back in March, but did not actually create any cap space with that move.
Evans, 25, 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 2018, Evans appeared in all 16 games for the Buccaneers and caught 86 passes for 1,524 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.