BSPN: Mike Evans Would Have “Strong” Trade Value

September 7th, 2023

What’s he worth?

Joe does not want to see this happen. But if it is better for the Bucs in the future and better for stud receiver Mike Evans in the present, then so be it.

Jeremy Fowler of BSPN contacted NFL suits to learn what Evans might fetch on the open market as far as trade value.

Evans, 30, in the final year of his contract, is looking to stay with the Bucs. His agent lashed out last week demanding either a new contract for his client or a new team. He imposed a contract negotiation deadline of Saturday on the Bucs. Or else!

Saturday is also the same day the Bucs’ team plane departs for Minneapolis. And no, “this Joe” does not beleive this is a coincidence.

So here is what Fowler discovered from NFL suits on Evans’ worth:

… [T]he Bucs do not want to trade Mike Evans. His agent, Deryk Gilmore, set a Saturday deadline for extending his contract, but Evans, a 2024 free agent, would have strong value on the trade market around the deadline, according to multiple execs I asked. He just turned 30 but is still considered elite. He’s a name to watch if Saturday comes and goes without a deal. Both sides want to see Evans retire a Buccaneer, but this is a team in transition, and Tampa Bay has young core players to sign, including safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and left tackle Tristan Wirfs.

The interesting thing Fowler also typed in the article linked above is that Evans’ agent and someone in authority with the Bucs must have said neither side wants to trade Evans.

Does anyone want to see Evans traded? Unless it’s a team that could use a high-end, clutch receiver who knows how to win a Super Bowl?

Yes, Joe wants Evans retire as a Bucs player. Joe also wants to see a first-round draft pick of a quarterback throwing to both Chris Godwin and Evans a year from now if things fall apart this fall.

Unless the Bucs win now, there is no way to sidestep, dodge or deny that this team is rebuilding. An extra high draft pick to select a quality player or use as a trade chip to obtain a top-shelf college quarterback could go a long way in bringing the Bucs back to glory.

35 Responses to “BSPN: Mike Evans Would Have “Strong” Trade Value”

  1. Divis Says:

    Pay Mike.

  2. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Trade for value. This team needs to be built for the next Superbowl run, not the memories of years past.

    And no one should say “clutch receiver who knows how to win a Super Bowl?”. Unless they catch a touchdown in a Superbowl.

  3. Boss Says:

    trade him no for the right trade.

    trade him later if we are imploding.

  4. Knucknbuc Says:

    I keep seeing that Wirfs and Winfield are getting resigned of course they are going to get mega deals (we’ll deserved). I just don’t get how the 49ers can have a team filled with players making a ton but the bucs can’t resign Mike evans?

  5. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I read Kancey practiced today 🙂 LETS GO

    And Vaughn was back.

  6. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I’ve been saying trade for over a year now.
    Not popular but I’m not sentimental when it comes to my TEAM.

    Retire as a Buc
    Buc for life
    🎻 ❤️😭

  7. Dave Pear Says:

    It is beyond stupid to consider trading Mike for a future draft pick who would have a greater chance of ending up selling cars than playing football. Trade Diva White, the guy who insists on tackling (whiffing) a player’s shoulder pads.

  8. zzbucs Says:

    I don´t give a rats a** about his value, I just want ME13 to be a Buc forever….

  9. Gofortheface30 Says:

    There’s a Seinfeld episode about “bad breaker-uppers.” And a lot of you fit the bill. Just do not know how to move on. Sentimentality has no place in business. None. Evans wants a Cooper Kupp level contract. If the Bucs are like 1-8 at the deadline or whatever please tell me how it makes sense to then turn around and give a massive contract out to a 30yr old receiver that surely prefers to WIN. If you REALLY care about someone then you let them go be happy and win. At some point you have to look out for the best interest of the team, and not for your own selfish, dumb nostalgia

  10. Pewter Power Says:

    Mike never talked about being traded so that part I appreciate. I don’t think it’s on the level of pay me or trade me yet. He should have strong value though.

  11. Herbiebuc Says:

    The only trade that I see will work for both sides is Jonathan Taylor head up for mike evans. That’s the only trade that I will be ok with.

  12. Tap-Out Says:

    If Mike wants to be a BUC fit life …..get the resign done,

  13. Felipe Says:

    “Joe wants to see (if things fall apart this fall) a first-round draft pick of a quarterback throwing to both Chris Godwin and Evans a year from now.”

    You have got that right now … Rd 1, Pk 1.

  14. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Thanks for the memories Mike.

  15. Lukrazs Says:

    I really doubt *Strong Trade Value* here means anything. That covers a lot for a 30 year old receiver. We’re not getting multiple 2nd or 3rd round picks. We won’t even get close to a 1st round pick.

    My prediction is that even if offers are made they won’t nearly be enough to sway the Buccaneers. And rightfully so.

    Just keep him in any case. We have a very promising, but extremely young receiver room and a rookie OC. The benefit he will have for them far outweighs any realistic draft pick we’re getting from Evans.

  16. Louis Friend Says:

    You can’t let your past make your decisions for the future. Period.

    I think I read Canales saying that recently. I applies to Evans as well. The odds of the Bucs making a Super Bowl in the next 2 years are slim, but their odds of making one in 3 years with an aging Evans with a bloated contract would be diminished then as well.

    You can’t have the past and the future meaning the same things. Super Bowls aren’t just won on game day, they’re won through hard decisions and efforts which can leave a bitter taste occasionally.

  17. Marine Buc Says:

    See how the season goes… If the Bucs implode and the ship has been scuttled then trade Mike Evans.

    But what can the Bucs receive as compensation at that point? It won’t be a 1st round pick for just half a season… Maybe a 3rd round pick?

    If the Bucs aren’t going to the playoffs and his agent is saying he will not be in Tampa in 2024 then why not get an extra mid-round pick out of the deal?

  18. D-Rome Says:

    I’d prefer to see Mike Evans retire as a Buc but the business has to come first. He can retire as a Buc on a one-day contract if they ended up trading him. If Tom Brady couldn’t finish his career as a Patriot then what makes Mike Evans more special than the GOAT?

  19. First Name Greatest Says:

    Do you want a WR who will be 31 in 2024, who has a history of drops and inconsistent play (Mike gets shut down by good corners too often) or do you want to re sign your All Pro Tackle and Pro Bowl Safety?

    What if Baker is Baker from 2020? What is the new Safety Neal balls out and needs a new contract?

    Bucs are in a tough situation and can’t pay TWO WR’s $20 Million each as well as pay TWO CB’s top 15 money.

    Love Mike as a Buc but not OVER younger players that need to be secured

  20. Divis Says:

    Resigning Mike does more than just retain an elite receiver (HOF whether haters want him there or not) it shows a team that is loyal to its talent. That makes others WANT to play and WIN for this team. Who tf wants to battle for a team that doesn’t care about you? No one.

  21. Hodad Says:

    Don’t care. There’s a game Sunday finally. Enough B.S.. The games going to be played. LFG!!

  22. Capt.Tim Says:

    I doubt Evans is excited about playing with a rookie Qb.
    If our young superstar develops in 3 years- would still have Mike at 34 before we are contenders again.

    Mike has been a stand up guy for the Bucs. Bucs need to reciprocate.
    If Evans doesnt want to waste his last best years on a rebuilding team, then we should grant his request.
    If Miami is his choice- then lets get on the phone with Dolphin central

  23. Bucsboi239 Says:

    Trade Mike for Aaron Donald! The rams are looking to move Donald and need a true wr1 with cooper Krupp being uncertain this season and we need defenders especially on the d line that can pressure the QB!

  24. Chris O Says:

    Trade him. Wirfs and Winfield are top priority. Love Mike Evans for everything he’s done but it’s a harsh business. Giving him a big contract could end up delaying this franchise even further.

  25. DoooshLaRue Says:

    It’s all about the Ws.

    Wirfs and Winfield!

  26. lunchmeat Says:

    I do not want to see ME13 go.
    I want to trade him for peanuts even less.
    Were I Licht, I would give that agent permission to ask around and see if anybody is willing to both pay Cooper Kupp money and give the Bucs our price (a 1 or two 2’s) for a sign-and-trade deal.

  27. David Says:


  28. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Licht may be temped to trade Evans, but no way Bowles would trade him, especially being on the hot seat.

  29. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree

    GO BUCS!!!!

  30. Davenport Says:

    Goodbye Mike — this team wont be a contender for at least 2 years. No point in paying him crazy money to suffer through the losing.

    At 32 he’ll be a shadow of what he was in the Brady years.

  31. teacherman777 Says:

    Pay him.

    Same contract as Godwin.

    That’s fair and team-friendly.

  32. SlyPirate Says:

    Trade him for a first round pick. That’s starter for the next ten years vs a vet with 2-3 declining years. No brainer.

  33. MEretiresabuc Says:

    By far the greatest receiver in bucs history. He’s been a team first player his entire career & he’s always restructured his contract to help the team get better. It’s time for the bucs to give him what he deserves & PAY HIM. #10kin10yearswithbucs

  34. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Pay Mike

  35. TOMMY MORDUE Says: