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Mike Evans’ deal establishes baseline for Beckham contract

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Bucs give him richest wide receiver deal — for now

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So, now we know the starting point for contract negotiations between Odell Beckham Jr, and the New York Giants. Mike Evans, drafted in the same class as Beckham, has agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL.com says the $82.5 million is the highest pay out ever to a wide receiver. Whatever deal Beckham eventually gets, and whenever he gets it, the numbers will likely dwarf what Evans will get from Tampa Bay.

Evans is one of only three players in NFL history to begin their NFL careers with more than 1,000 receiving yards over four straight seasons -- only Randy Moss (6) and A.J. Green (5) are ahead of him.

Evans was drafted seventh overall in 2014. He has 309 receptions for 4,579 yards (14.8 yards per catch) and 32 touchdowns in 61 games. He averages 5.1 catches and 75.1 yards per games.

Drafted 12th by the Giants, Beckham has 313 receptions, 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns in just 44 games. He has averaged 6.7 receptions and 94.1 yards receiving per game over the course of his career.

Beckham has said before that he would like to be the game’s highest-paid player, which seems unlikely to happen. He has also said this offseason that he would like a new contract sooner rather than later.

We will see what happens, but the Giants’ salary cap situation with the trade for Alec Ogletree and expected pursuit of Andrew Norwell could make a long-term extension for Beckham difficult.