“NFL Tampering” – Tyreek Hill Reacts to Mike Evans’ Speculated Move to Patriots

Published 02/22/2024, 9:52 AM EST

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Mike Evans has only played for The Tampa Bay Buccaneers during his 10-year NFL career. But as per NFL Insider Jordan Schult, Evans and the Bucs are still “far apart” on any type of deal since last offseason and “is trending toward becoming a free agent.”  According to reports, the salary demands of the Bucs veteran were not met by the management because of a Super Bowl move.

As the NFL Free Agency is inching closer, teams will look to grab this opportunity to sign the 30-year-old. And Miami Dolphins‘ wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, made a huge claim. Matthew Judon, the linebacker for the New England Patriots, started the entire ordeal on X (previously Twitter). And Cheetah did not back away from letting the NFL know exactly what was going on!

The 31-year-old LB wrote, “What do we think of mr. 1000 @MikeEvans13_ (Mike Evans) to Pats nation????” And the Miami Dolphins superstar vacationing in Greece quickly jumped in on this thread and tagged the NFL’s official account. Hill wrote, “@NFL tampering.”


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Matthew Judon, a member of the Patriots team openly shared in thoughts on social media. However, this could be considered illegal. The NFL or its authorities have yet to comment on this matter. The NFL will iron out the exact legalities of the X interaction.

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The 2024 NFL league year begins March 13 at 4 p.m. ET. Before then, teams are allowed to negotiate with free agents starting March 11 at noon ET. That 52-hour window – commonly called the “legal tampering period” – permits teams, agents, and players to sort out contracts before officially signing on March 13. Evans’ current contract doesn’t expire until March 11, when all 31 other teams are free to begin negotiating with the Pro Bowler. The fans hoped that a contract extension could be achieved between the parties. However, that has not been the case.

Did the Tom Brady Super Bowl move hit Mike Evans’ future with the Bucs?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell short of their goal to make it to a Super Bowl this past season, but that doesn’t take away from the great year that they had. One of the main contributors for them last season was WR Mike Evans who once again put up another 1,000-yard receiving season with first-year Bucs’ QB Baker Mayfield.

It was reported last September by Jenna Laine of ESPN that Evans and the Buccaneers were unable to get something done in time for the 2023 season. Evans was playing in the last year of his contract in 2023 and had hopes that he would be able to reach an agreement with an extension prior to the season.


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Laine said, “The Glazer family, who own the Buccaneers, signed off on the franchise borrowing nearly $100 million from the future to support a Tom Brady Super Bowl run for three seasons, which has meant limited resources with the salary cap as they try to rebuild.”


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Evans caught 79 passes for 1,255 yards and an NFL-high 13 touchdowns, so he remains a productive pass-catcher. But at 30 he is likely a consideration for the Buccaneers if they’re looking more toward the future. But the Bucs could’ve saved roughly $7.4 million against their 2024 salary cap by extending Evans by Monday afternoon.

There is still time to re-sign the 5X Pro Bowler, but chances are slim of that happening. And Evans will be keen to explore free agency. A talent like him could demand top dollar from several franchises looking for a quality WR.


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Where do you think Mike Evans will go? Is Tyreek Hill correct in referring to the tweet as tampering? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Utkarsh Tiwari


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Utkarsh Tiwari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. As a coalesce of a law graduate and football enthusiast, he takes pride in reporting Sunday live games along with post-match analysis and legal accuracy. This enthusiasm has made Utkarsh our ‘go-to guy’ for throwback pieces and listicles when it comes to any game, especially of the Kansas City Chiefs.
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