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Mike Evans’ contract is a better deal than Odell Beckham Jr.’s deal When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants drafted Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. Beau Allen Jersey White , they were excited about the futures of their newest stars. Both futures came to fruition quickly as they hit the ground running in year one and never looked back.Since 2014, Evans is sixth in the NFL in receiving yards (4,579) and OBJ is right behind him at seventh (4,442). Beckham Jr. is eighth in the league in receptions with 313, Evans just cracks the top ten with 309. When it comes to touchdowns, Evans is seventh (32) to Beckham Jr.’s second (38). And for those into advanced metrics, Evans has graded out on average at an 84.78 while Beckham Jr. has graded at 83.78 - just a point shy of Evans - according to Pro Football Focus. It’s easy to see why they were paid hefty contracts before the season started. By outperforming their rookie contracts right off the bat, their respective franchises deemed them worthy of a payday before they hit the open market and became even more expensive. Both players’ production is very similar, but it’s pretty obvious that if OBJ doesn’t miss time in 2017 then his numbers would be higher than Evans’ across the board. But that doesn’t mean that OBJ is eons better than Evans, it’s quite the opposite. They are completely different players that make their hay in different ways. The size difference between the two is just the beginning. OBJ is one of the league’s top playmakersJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsThere is also another subtle contrast and that would be their paychecks. On Monday, Beckham Jr. was signed to a five-year extension that maxes out at $95 million and includes a total guarantee of $65 million. Back in March, Evans signed a five-year, $82.5 million extension that included $55 million guaranteed. Beckham Jr.’s injury history is the biggest issue with his extension, but it’s also a positive when it comes to evaluating the talented receiver’s career. Despite missing 16 games in four seasons, Beckham Jr. has managed to produce at an elite level. It remains to be seen how he comes back from his broken ankle and if he doesn’t return to his old form then the Giants may be in trouble. Regardless of the injury, if he doesn’t live up to this deal then it will be tough for New York to cut ties with him. The same can’t be said for Evans and the Bucs. According to spotrac.com, even though his contract contains $55 million in guaranteed money, the Bucs have a chance to rid themselves of Evans before March of 2020 with no penalty. It’s the same scenario in 2021 and beyond - if the Bucs don’t want him, they don’t have to keep him in order to save their bottom line. As they say, the devil is in the details and that certainly seems to be the case with Beckham Jr.’s contract. Sure, he doesn’t take much of a cap hit in year one like Evans Vita Vea Jersey , but the Giants are more invested in the long term. Beckham Jr.’s cap hit supersedes Evans’ by $3.75 million on average each year after 2019 and it’s impossible to cut him without running into dead money.Where the Bucs’ and Giants’ upper management further departs are the bonuses. I’m not too sure as to what the Giants’ cap situation was before this deal was made, but they had to prorate the signing bonus over the duration of the contract, whereas the Bucs were a bit craftier. Instead of prorating money, Tampa Bay decided to lump Evans’ guaranteed money into a 2018 roster bonus and a fully-guaranteed 2019 salary. Because unless something absolutely drastic happens, there is no way Evans doesn’t make this roster next year. Evans even makes more money over the short-term than Beckham Jr., which is good for Evans considering the fact that teams often backload contracts so they can tear up - or restructure - a player’s contract as they get older. This also gives Evans more bargaining power towards the end of his current deal, assuming he continues the pace that he is currently on. Since Beckham Jr.’s salary will still be very high over his remaining years, the Giants could use that against him as he attempts to negotiate a new deal - which is usually a recipe for a headache. Beckham Jr.’s behavior is an added risk factor to his contract, on top of the injury history. Evans hasn’t been a saint himself either - see Marshon Lattimore - but it’s safe to say he has kept himself out of the spotlight far less than Beckham Jr. has been able to manage. Evans is primed for a big 2018Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsAnd what happens when Eli Manning decides to retire? The Bucs have a tiny bit of a question mark with Jameis Winston, but he’s not planning to retire any time soon. Will Beckham Jr. mesh with his new, eventual quarterback the way he has with Manning?Even though that’s more of a big-picture question/scenario, it feels like it should be considered when paying this amount of money to a player that you hope want to have on your team in the future. Tampa Bay has put themselves in a very good position contract-wise while managing to pay one of their best players exactly what they deserve. While Beckham Jr. deserves what he is making, it’s not as good a deal as what the Bucs gave Evans - both in the short and long term. Regardless, now it’s up to both superstars to go out there and do what they’re paid to do. Writer vs writer as we discuss what the team should do in the backfield"The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been busy stacking their offensive backfield for the 2019 season. Signing Andre Ellington and re-signing Peyton Barber have the group looking solid for the upcoming campaign, but is it good enough?Recent rumors have tied the Bucs to some available free-agents like Isaiah Crowell while earlier in the off-season they were speculated to be good fits for big names like Le’Veon Bell and Kareem Hunt who both landed elsewhere.Of course, there’s always the draft route where the team has had some recent swings and misses with guys like Jeremy McNichols and Ronald Jones.Jones still has a shot at proving his second-round selection was warranted and is among the reasons some surrounding the Bucs have given pause to the idea of the team drafting one this April.So, should they or shouldn’t the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft a running back in 2019? David Harrison and James Yarcho weigh in.DAVID HARRISONYes, the Buccaneers should absolutely draft a running back in the 2019 NFL Draft. And there are multiple reasons why. First, we have to look at what the Bucs have.Topping the off-season depth chart is Peyton Barber. A guy I’m a huge fan of and have been since he was at Auburn. When Tampa Bay signed him as an undrafted free-agent I was super excited, and predicted back then he’d become a starter in the NFL.Now, here he is. And I couldn’t be happier to see him wearing a Bucs uniform in 2019. Then http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-ali-marpet-jersey , they have Ronald Jones. As mentioned above, he’s a second-round pick from one year ago and hasn’t really done much. He didn’t get on the field much at all in 2018 and when he did it didn’t leave people yearning for more Rojo. Andre Ellington is next, and he didn’t do any better than Rojo did in 2018 because he didn’t play at all. Ellington is a talented guy and has shown as much in his career, but he’s about as injury prone as a person can get. Simply put, his body doesn’t agree with his career choices.As much as I liked what Ellington brought to the table when healthy in Arizona, he simply didn’t do much of that, and it’s lead him to where he is now. I truly believe Ellington is more of an install coach and mentor to the younger backs than he is a contributor.Finally, there’s Shaun Wilson and Dare Ogunbowale. Two guys who have shown some flashes of being really good football players, but for whatever reason just haven’t been able to stick as consistent members of the active roster. Both guys are threats to make the final roster, but each has a bit of an uphill battle to win over if they’re going to do it. Those dual practices Bruce Arians has talked about are going to help guys like these the most.So this is what the Bucs have. Now, what don’t they have. They don’t have a thousand-yard rusher and they don’t have a guy who presents a legitimate threat out of the backfield.When you look at the final four teams from this past season, all four of them had a running back who netted more than 1,200-yards of offense during the regular season.Barber had just over 950-yards of offense and only 92-yards came in the passing game. Not having the versatility to run and catch is an automatic advantage to the opposing defense.This doesn’t mean the Bucs have to draft one guy who can do both however. Barber did have nearly 900-yards of rushing, and it’s safe to assume had the team been in more late games then he likely would have eclipsed 1,000.So, while Barber continues striving towards becoming a better receiver, it makes sense for the team to target a receiving back who is striving to become a better between the tackles type of runner.Pairing the two gives the team a combination which can be used to regain the advantage the team lost last year when putting Barber or Jacquizz Rodgers alone in the backfield.Arians’ offenses have shown a tendency to play with two backs, and while he’s watched - whether it be games, practices, or all the way back to training camp. That’s why they got Barber under contract for 2019. Plain and simple, Arians likes what he sees and that’s what he’s rolling with.Barber was an effective back when given the opportunity. However Scott Miller Jersey , Koetter had a propensity to sit him for with no rhyme or reason for long stretches in favor of Jacquizz Rodgers. No offense to Rodgers, but he was long past being an effective back and the offense would suffer with him in. Barber isn’t a marathon man and would need breaks here and there, but that doesn’t excuse the amount of carries that were taken away when Barber should have been on the field. Adding Andre Ellington in that Rodgers role will allow the running backs to be caught up to speed much sooner as he is familiar with Arians and what Arians likes to do or expects from his running backs. Then there’s Ronald Jones. Jones was a promising prospect that was buried in Koetter’s dog house, stunting his development and growth during his rookie season. Arians said to Buccaneers’ senior editor Scott Smith, “I’m really anxious to get on the field with all our guys but (Jones) especially, to see how much he can do of what we did in Arizona.”RoJo is being given a new opportunity, a new life under Arians. There’s a reason he was a second round pick. He may not have been the guy a lot of Bucs fans werre looking at or hoping for, but that doesn’t mean his talent wasn’t there or deserving of the pick. With proper coaching - both at the running back position as well as along the offensive line - Jones will have the opportunity to showcase his talents.Could the Bucs draft a running back? Absolutely. There’s always a need for depth as well as impact players no matter the position. However, given the holes in other areas, the Bucs seem poised to head into the 2019 season with the crop they already have on the roster. There’s nothing wrong with that. They have solid players, contributors, that will be an effective part of the offense throughout the year.Again, I can’t stress enough how important, how vital coaching is. Bottom line - the Bucs’ coaching the past few years has been bad. Their offensive line coach was one of the worst in the league, their head coach was predictable and transparent, and their defensive coordinator orchestrated one of the worst defenses in the 100 year history of this game. All that changed. All those shortcomings and problems went out the window when they cleaned house and ushered in the Arians era. This team was never void of talent. It was void of accountability, creativity, leadership, and knowledge. They will be just fine with the stable of backs they have now, led by an undrafted rookie out of Auburn.

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