The Buccaneers picked up their fifth-year option on wide receiver Mike Evans, the team announced Monday.
Tampa Bay, whichwill now have Evans through at least the 2018 season, would like to sign him to a long-term deal.
"I hope Mike is a Buc for life," general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "Today we picked up his option; it wasn't a very tough decision. We'll take it from there. I can promise you at some point, I can't tell you when, but we'll be contacting his agent to try to make him an offer that will make him a Buc for the long term."
Evans, who made his first Pro Bowl last season with96 receptions for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns, has surpassed 1,000 yards in each of his first three NFL seasons.
Tampa Bay added perimeter threat DeSean Jackson in free agency. The 10th-year veteran adds explosiveness to theoffense, and should help free up space for Evans.
According to ESPN, the Bucs are also being considered for this year's edition of HBO's popular "Hard Knocks."The decision could come before the NFL Draft later this month.