17. MIKE EVANS, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – $20 MILLION:
This rangy receiver from Texas A&M has shown all the skills to be an elite pass catcher in the NFL for many years to come despite his team not being among the best. He now has aggressive-minded head coach Bruce Arians behind him, and the sky could be the limit for Evans as a result. A lot of it will depend on quarterback Jameis Winston.
Evans signed a five-year, $82.5 million extension including $38.26 million guaranteed in 2018. He’ll make $20 million of it this year, and it’s looking like he’ll earn every penny if the right pieces fall into place.