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Bucs WR Mike Evans headed to Pro Bowl

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It turns out that Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans will be rewarded for his tremendous statistical season after all. The news Monday afternoon is Evans will replace Julio Jones as one of the receivers on the NFC Pro Bowl team in Orlando later this month.

Jones had been battling rib and hip injuries at the end of the year and has asked out of the NFL’s All-Star game after leading the league in receiving yards.

For his part, Evans was third this year in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,525 of them along with eight TDs. That yardage broke the 29-year old Buccaneer single season receiving record held previously by Mark Carrier.

It’s the second Pro Bowl appearance for Evans in his career that began in 2014. Evans had other significant accomplishments in 2018, as well, becoming just the third receiver in NFL history to catch for 1,000 or more yards in his first five seasons. Hall of Famer Randy Moss and A.J. Green are the other two to hold that honor.

Evans also surpassed the 6,000 yard career mark in the Buccaneers finale’ against the Atlanta Falcons becoming just a sixth receiver in NFL history to have 6,000 or more yards in his first five years in the league.

Tampa Bay rewarded Evans last March by extending his contract and giving him a five year $82.5 million contract that has $55 million in guarantees in it. That made Evans one of the five highest paid wideouts in the NFL coming into 2018.

The Buccaneers are also hopeful that veteran defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who is also an alternate like Evans was, will make the NFC Pro Bowl team due to an injury or a player from a playoff team that makes the Super Bowl not being available to play. Pierre Paul led Tampa Bay with 12.5 sacks becoming the first Buccaneer with double digit sacks in a season in over a decade.

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