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Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans agrees to 5-year, $82.5 million deal

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) pulls in a 34-yard touchdown in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Sterling Moore (24) in the third quarter on December 24, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. File photo by AJ Sisco/UPI
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) pulls in a 34-yard touchdown in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Sterling Moore (24) in the third quarter on December 24, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. File photo by AJ Sisco/UPI | License Photo

Wide receiver Mike Evans on Friday agreed to a five-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth $82.5 million, according to multiple media outlets.

The contract averages $16.5 million per year and includes $55 million in guarantees, per NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.

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Evans confirmed the agreement with this statement on Instagram: "I'm excited to announce I will be spending the next several seasons in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers with one goal in mind: winning a Super Bowl with my teammates. I want to thank the Bucs, from the owners to the front office, for believing in me and allowing me to take care of my family. I want to also thank my agents; Deryk Gilmore and Darren Jones for all of their hard work. I'm going to continue to strive for greatness on the field as well as in my community. #BUCSNATION!"

The deal makes Evans the NFL's second highest-paid wide receiver, behind Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who averages $17 million per season.

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The potential $82.5 million payout is the highest agreed upon contract for a wide receiver in league history, according to NFL Research.

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Evans is scheduled to earn $18 million in salary and bonuses in 2018, according to Rapoport, and then would have a cash flow of $20 million in 2019, $18.72 million in 2020, $12.25 million in 2021, $14 million in 2022 and $14.5 million in 2023.

Evans, the No. 7 overall pick out of Texas A&M by the Bucs in the 2014 NFL Draft, was heading into the option year of his rookie contract.

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The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Evans has 309 receptions for 4,579 yards and 32 touchdowns in four seasons with the Buccaneers, including 71 catches for 1,001 yards and five touchdowns last season.

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