“Second-Most Underrated”

November 25th, 2022

Mike Evans was dropping irony in a recent interview.

Evans hooked up with Pro Bowl edge rusher Von Miller on The Voncast and was asked to name his top-5 underrated receivers in the NFL. Evans quickly went to Washington Commandos receiver Terry McLaurin.

Joe was flabbergasted by Evans’ choice. McLaurin signed a three-year, $68 million-plus contract extension over the summer. That’s underrated? Damn.

Of course, McLaurin, who has never made a Pro Bowl, is having his third strong season in a row and is a total package kind of receiver, though he’s a little small but tough as anyone.

Joe typed this post up because at No. 2 on Evans’ underrated list is his $20 million-per-year teammate, Chris Godwin.

That made Joe remember that Evans, the greatest receiver in Tampa Bay history, is due just $14.5 million in 2023, which is the final year of his contract.

Joe expects Evans to sign a massive contract extension this offseason that could make him a Buccaneer for life and give the team the salary cap flexibility (with Evans’ help) it got during the course of Evans’ five-year, $82 million deal he signed in March of 2018.

While top salaries at cornerback and running back have dropped a bit over the years (Leonard Fournette is earning Doug Martin money) wide receiver money is skyrocketing.

36 Responses to ““Second-Most Underrated””

  1. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Playing in the NFL is not a bad gig, if you’re good enough to get it.

  2. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I like Mike, but I’m not onboard with a big extension/Buc for life.
    Sell high after next year.

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    He probably meant underrated in terms of being recognized for his talents and skills nationally versus big names in the NFL like OBJ joe……..

  4. Todd Says:

    Just finished watching USA vs. England soccer.

    Is it just me?

    Or is soccer boring AF?

    I mean, I tried getting into it.

    Excited it’s over so that I can go watch my Friday night “paint drying” league. Rooting for blue tonight.

  5. Matt_PcAfee Says:

    @todd The Senagal and Qatar game was pretty good

  6. sasquatch Says:

    Absolutely Buc for Life. You only get a few of these franchise icons that should never play elsewhere. Lavonte is one. Evans is another. I have a feeling Winfield, if he avoids more concussions, will be in that category as well.

  7. ModHairKen Says:

    Doosh. Your lack of loyalty and gratitude is remarkable.

  8. unbelievable Says:

    Every year we’ve got a few dummies saying to get rid of Evans.

    Yet what happens every year if / when Evans goes down? The offense crumbles.

    Buc for life baby.

  9. NEfan Says:

    The offense did just fine when your backup is AB. Evan’s is a real team guy, here’s a question, if Brady goes will Evan’s follow? They have grown quite a bond.

  10. DoooshLaRue Says:

    It’s my inner Belichick Ken.
    Evans has been great for us but he’s a little fragile and that doesn’t improve with age.
    It’s a business.

  11. Ash Says:

    How it Evans fragile? I’m just gonna stop feels like you are just trolling Evans should be a buc for life for sure.

  12. unbelievable Says:

    Yeah the guy only had 2 of his 4 best seasons in his career the past 2 seasons, but some guy named doosh says he’s “a little fragile” and is getting old, so I’m sure we can easily replace all this production:

    2021 – 1,035 yards 14 TDs
    2020 – 1,006 yards 13 TDs
    2019 – 1,157 yards 8 TDs
    2018 – 1,524 yards 8 TDs
    2017 – 1,001 yards 5 TDs
    2016 – 1,321 yards 12 TDs
    2015 – 1,206 yards 3 TDs
    2014 – 1,051 yards 12 TDs

    After all, Tampa Bay is known as a wide receiver factory, isn’t it?

    (And those stats don’t even mention how he is ranked #1 for most receptions that convert for 1st down either.)

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Those stats don’t mention dropped TDs either.

  14. unbelievable Says:

    While we’re at it, we should get rid of all quarterbacks who don’t have a 100% completion percentage too. Get those bums out of here!

  15. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Doosh is just a fake fan ! Like a lot of people on here. At least the real fans outweigh the fake one’s. @ Unbelievable is spot on and Mike has never been frail or getting worse with age DOOSH he’s getting better. You must be watching AINTS games while our Bucs are playing. Go Bucs and Mike Evans

  16. Beeej Says:

    2-3 more years and Mike is probably done….though Fitzgerald was effective at 35

  17. JimmyfromNY Says:

    St Brown from Detroit is the most underrated player in football an absolute beast. Jacoby Myers from the Patriots is a low-key underrated player that would 100% help the Bucs next year., free agent

  18. kyle Says:

    todd? we are the 16th ranked team in the world holding the 3rd ranked team to no goals. It was the first time an American men’s soccer team has shut out a European team in the world cup since the 1950s??

    We are the 3rd youngest team in the cup?? the goal is to be ready for 2026, but the boys have a chance to advance Tuesday with a win against the hostage taking, radical red scum bags..

    Take a break from your natural light and chicken wings and open up your mind, it is the worlds game??

    I know that I will welcome the break from the NFL to back our boys Tuesday at 2pm!! LFG how about some American spirit?

  19. kyle Says:

    joe can kiss my red white and blue arse for moderating my post.. f iran!! go usa, lets go boys

  20. kyle Says:

    todd, wake up idiot.. support the team..

  21. Crickett Baker Says:

    Add in the yards he gets for pass-interference penalties, Unbelievable..:D

  22. gp Says:

    ME is the best to ever play for the Bucs. He is a future HOF er and stands with the all time NFL elite’s at his position.
    I truly hope he remains a Buc for life.
    The truth is, however, that if he demands the money he deserves on his next contract, we wont be able to pay him.
    So far, he has been very team friendly on that. Hopefully he feels he can afford to continue to do so.

  23. garro Says:

    I like Mike!


    Now those are some stats guys. As in…undeniable and not about to be twisted by someones agenda.

  24. Buc king Says:

    Mike Evans will end as a top 10 receiver of all times on the NFL if he continues playing well into his 30s…
    I think he can continue doing the things he’s good at for a long thing.
    Health is important and taking care of himself as he gets older.
    I think he’s good for 6 more 1k seasons

  25. MelvinJunior Says:

    You HAVE TO re-sign him so that you can trade him and hopefully, get max-value for as soon as they start relinquishing assets on the next rebuild… Which, will probably, begin before next seasons ‘trade-deadline,’ or following next season, at the latest. CAN’T Just ‘Let-Him’ WALK. Absolutely, KILLED-Us enough already, with Shaq… He now, basically, has NO-value, when we really could’ve gotten A LOT for him from a ‘contender’ desperate for a ‘pass-rusher’ next year, at the ‘deadline’ – SUCKS.

  26. orlbucfan Says:

    Those two, ME13 and CG14, are buds off the field, too. ME13 will be the first Offensive Bucs player voted into Canton. He deserves that honor and a bump in salary.

  27. Jeffs Dad Says:

    Mike aint going anywhere,fragile? The only thing fragile is your feelings poptart

  28. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Joe the number 1 thing is getting on the field and playing.
    Godwin is NOT underrated by any means.
    4 years straight of missing games.
    No he is not underrated.
    The greatest ability is your AVAIL-ability
    And Godwins body has betrayed him ever since the end of BA’s first season 2019 when his body broke down and he missed the end of the season.
    BA moved him to the slot and it turns out it was just a matter of time before Godwin was hurt and missed games.
    NOT UNDERRATED, just stay on the field brother,and earn that contract

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  29. Mike C Says:

    Yep I knew the Kyle post would happen after Todd’s post. You always have that soccer fan that has to call everyone that doesn’t like the sport an idiot. Like clockwork

  30. August 1976 Buc Says:

    ME is the best to ever play for the Bucs.

    No he is not, Mike has to get in line behind these HOF’s

    Draft picks by the Bucs
    HOF Leroy Selmon, NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    HOF Warren Sapp, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 2 different “all Decade” player
    HOF Derrick Brooks NFL Defensive Player of the Year

    Mike in 4th, and future HOF

    And Brady is the best offensive player the Bucs have ever had but a Free Agent, not Drafted by the Bucs

    Brady is the best Free Agent ever though

    GO BUCS!!!!

  31. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    As great as Evans is, after thirty, skilled players that depend on speed lose a step. Not sure Evans will have a high value with this next contract unless it is a 1-2 years short contract.

  32. gp Says:

    Question August…..
    Have any of these greats that you have mentioned ever had a pass thrown to them by their quarterback?

    I’m hoping that you actually knew what I was saying and only posted your response to attempt to look smart.

  33. unbelievable Says:

    @crickett – that’s a great point. Easily another 200 – 300 yards most seasons in DPI calls too.

  34. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Heck, even A-hole Sapp was never disqualified from a game………let alone 2 games against the same team.
    Temper, temper.

  35. gp Says:

    He would have been under todays rules!
    How many of his sacks, do ya think, would have been ruled roughing the passer today?

  36. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Question August…..
    Have any of these greats that you have mentioned ever had a pass thrown to them by their quarterback?

    I’m hoping that you actually knew what I was saying and only posted your response to attempt to look smart.

    lol Yeah right gp, I simply stated what anyone can see on google. lol
    You said Mike was the best, and he is not even close. I like Mike and hope he gets a yellow jacket one day in Canton. But the best Buc, No.

    GO BUCS!!!