The Bucs have signed their top draft pick wide receiver Mike Evans to a four-year deal worth $14.6 million, and he gets a signing bonus of $8.9 million.
The Bucs have an option for a 5th year, if they want to kick that in. The days of NFL holdouts are long gone, with the slotted rookie payscale system.
The rookie wage scale system works like this: Every rookie gets a four-year deal and every pick from the 2nd round on down gets just a four year deal.
But first-round picks like Mike Evans get to work their deal a bit differently: Evans got a 5th year option from the Bucs and when the team has to make a decision on that 5th year, could be anytime between year three and year four.
Evans is behind the other wide receivers on the roster because he tweaked his hamstring in the first full team practice back in May, and the Bucs basically put him in a shut down/conservative mode for the next few weeks.
So, there is no question that Evan is behind and has some catching up to do. Evans is getting some work in one on one drills, but not really at full speed.
That hamstring is one of those injuries that, as Lovie Smith says, can be chronic if it isn't handled correctly -- (i.e. a conservative approach to rehab, with light work and plenty of rest) so that's what the Bucs have been doing.
The team is off now for the next month -- in terms of scheduled practices and workouts and will hit the field in late July for the start of training camp.
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