Fewer players have made as large of an impact on an organization as Mike Evans.
He has been a steady figure in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense, achieving 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last nine seasons.
With less than two weeks to go until the Buccaneers begin their season, Evans has yet to sign a contract extension.
According to Rick Stroud via Ari Meirov, conversations have stalled, which could lead to Evans departing after this season.
Contract extension talks between the #Bucs and WR Mike Evans have produced no progress and seem to have reached an impasse, per @NFLSTROUD. Evans is in the final year of his contract and this season could now be his last in Tampa Bay. pic.twitter.com/ufyrDBY9Mq
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 1, 2023
Evans hasn’t yet expressed public unhappiness with his current situation.
However, the stalling of these conversations might indicate that he wants out of Tampa Bay.
Evans did win a Super Bowl with Tom Brady in 2020, thriving with the future Hall of Fame QB.
He has done well with other quarterbacks in the past, achieving 1,000 yards despite experiencing shaky play at the position.
The 2023 Buccaneers have received mixed feedback from pundits.
Some believe Baker Mayfield can lead them to the playoffs, while others predict a five-win season.
Regardless, if something doesn’t happen soon, the franchise’s star wideout could be on the move.
How much will the team do to retain him, especially if they haven’t figured out their quarterback situation?
Players of Evans’ age and talent have run out of patience lately.
Aging receivers have shown a propensity to move on from their long-time rosters, especially if they are not confident in a deep playoff run.
There are a lot of factors at play heading into Evans’ decision, which currently lies in the team’s court.NEXT: Analyst Makes Bold Statement On Baker Mayfield's NFC South Chances