Buccaneers’ Mike Evans Ready to Make Huge Personal Sacrifice For Team, Reveals Coach Bruce Arians

Published 02/09/2021, 4:57 PM EST
NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans celebrates after winning the Super Bowl LV REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton


Mike Evans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers experienced great success on Sunday night. The franchise won the Super Bowl, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in a blow out victory. It was a sweet victory for the Buccaneers, especially because they were able to win the Super Bowl as a wildcard team in their own stadium. And now, Evans wants to keep that success by any means.

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Buccaneers’ head coach Bruce Arians spoke to the press after their phenomenal Super Bowl victory. He revealed that Mike Evans showed his excellent character. He offered to take a pay cut from his contract so that the team can keep the players they want in the team. Arians called Evans the most selfless player he ever worked with.

Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a touchdown against Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King (20)during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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“Mike Evans is the most unselfish superstar I’ve ever met,” he said. “He’s told us to use some of his money if we need to contracts to keep the team together.” Mike Evans, according to his contract, will earn $15.2 million in 2021. One would assume that as a pro-athlete, Evans would be focused on maximizing his earnings and not wanting to sacrifice it for anyone else.

Mike Evans taking one for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

However, Evans has shown that he is more concerned with keeping the core of the Buccaneers’ team. The Buccaneers have several free-agents in the off-season, such as Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Shaq Barrett, and Chris Godwin, all of whom will be trying to cash-in on their elevated value after the Super Bowl win.

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Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) is congratulated by running back Leonard Fournette (28) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Buccaneers front-office has a major task in front of them. They must now try to find a way to bring back several key players who become free agents this off-season. If they cannot match the money, the Buccaneers must try to find adequate replacements for the players they lose.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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