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Mike Evans Next Team Odds: Bills, Chiefs, Or Browns?

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Mike Evans Next Team Odds: Bills, Chiefs, Or Browns?

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Mike Evans has gained over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his nine NFL seasons, all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Evans will aim to complete a full decade of production starting on Sunday as the 2023 NFL season kicks off. For Week 1, it will be in a Bucs uniform again. But that may not be his final jersey of the season. 

Evans is in the final year of his contract and he wants a new one, preferably before the Bucs take the field to face the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1. Evans has set a Saturday deadline for the situation to be resolved. If it isn’t, the Bucs may get proactive and trade their four-time Pro Bowl pass catcher. 

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the league to create his hypothetical NFL futures odds as to where Evans is playing next season. 

Mike Evans 2023 Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+12544.4%
Buffalo Bills+45018.2%
Kansas City Chiefs+50016.7%
Cleveland Browns+60014.3%
Dallas Cowboys+10009.1%
Detroit Lions+12007.7%
The Field+9509.5%

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Evans is entering his age-30 season in a league where skill spots such as receiver and running back don’t go much further. But he has never missed more than three games in a season. His consistency from a production standpoint is rare: between 67 and 96 catches in each season, and between 1,001 and 1,321 yards. 

The Buccaneers enter a new era in 2023. Tom Brady has retired, and Baker Mayfield is set to take snaps under center. Expectations are pretty low for Tampa Bay. NFL futures odds have the Buccaneers as the biggest underdog to win an underwhelming NFC South, and only the Colts, Texans, and Cardinals have high odds of winning the Super Bowl. 

If the sides can’t agree to a deal before the season begins, Evans could walk after this year, or he could get traded if the Bucs decide to sell to a contender in need of a 6-foot-5, 230-pound target. 

The hope is that cooler sides prevail, and it appears to be going that way. CBS Sports reported Sept. 5 that the sides are working toward a deal by the weekend. There is work to be done, but the Buccaneers are favorites to keep Evans. 

It could also fall apart in a hurry. Teams looking for an extra offensive could move to get Evans in a massive trade-deadline deal. 

Where Will Mike Evans Land?

The Buffalo Bills were up against the cap this offseason and couldn’t add a standout to play alongside Stefon Diggs. But a trade would work, and the Bills are all-in and getting over the hump in the top-heavy AFC. They could also offer a swap for Diggs, who has shown frustration over how Buffalo has handled things in the past and has already forced his way off one team. 

The Kansas City Chiefs have question marks all over their receiving corps. They did so last season after Tyreek Hill was traded to the Dolphins and it didn’t matter – they still won the Super Bowl and Patrick Mahomes was named MVP. Still, a half-season rental on Evans could be in order, depending on how the season goes. 

The Cleveland Browns want to make things easier for Deshaun Watson as he preps for his first full season at QB in town. Amari Cooper is a go-to guy, but the well isn’t very deep. Cleveland could have everything it needs to make a run at the playoffs, and clearly management is pushing hard to win now. 

Speaking of all-in, the Dallas Cowboys see 2023 as their season to take another step forward. Head coach Mike McCarthy is taking over playcalling; he and QB Dak Prescott have a lot to prove. Dallas added Brandin Cooks to play alongside CeeDee Lamb, but Evans offers a sizable target that doesn’t exist in the WR room. 

After winning just three games in 2021, the Detroit Lions won nine last year and appear poised to take another step in 2023. Receiver depth is among the few concerns remaining, though Jameson Williams will return after a six-week suspension for gambling. 

The Field includes other teams that could use a receiver but may not have the tools or passion to make it happen, including the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts. It also includes teams that could use a WR for 2024 and have the cap space to spend big on one, including the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.