Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mar 10, 2018, 01:49
Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Dallas native, 24, was drafted seventh overall by Tampa Bay in 2014. He has four straight 1,000-yard seasons through 4 professional seasons.

Previously, the biggest contract given to a receiver was earlier this year when the Houston Texans agreed to a long-term deal with DeAndre Hopkins for five years, $81 million and $49 million guaranteed. The team previously exercised his fifth-year option for 2018, but he would've become a free agent next offseason. The Buccaneers had no desire to let him get away, and Evans was obviously motivated to continue his stellar career in Tampa, as well.

In Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzpatrick completed 68 percent of his passes, throwing for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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The new deal will pay him $16.5 million per year, moving him from the NFL's third-highest paid receiver to second, leapfrogging Jarvis Landry but still behind Antonio Brown. Now that Evans has been extended, Jason Licht needs to turn his attention to Kwon Alexander, Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith, and Jameis Winston. His receptions and yardage totals increased each of the next two years, to 74 for 1,206 in 2015 and 96 for 1,231 in 2016.

This is the first of many steps in the re-signing of recent drat picks the Buccaneers will need to do in the coming months.

After the Bucs took Evans with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 National Football League draft, he wasted little time making his presence felt, setting the single-season franchise record for touchdown receptions as a rookie with 12.