3 questions Buccaneers answered in Wild Card win over Eagles

Are ... are the Bucs for real?

NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Philadelphia Eagles v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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2. Mike Evans is coming back next year

Evans has reached that place in The Discourse where, because so many people are talking about how underrated he is, he's actually properly rated at this point. But deservedly so: going over 1,000 yards receiving in each of his 10 seasons as a pro is an insane feat, and one that makes him a future first ballot Hall of Famer in most people's mind. He had a quiet night on Monday -- three catches for 48 yards and one tough drop -- but the guess here is that Mayfield's going to keep going to him. Just a hunch. Evans, who turned 30 in August, is set to be a free agent this coming offseason, and the inability to get a contract extension with the Bucs has been well documented up to this point. But the further teams go in the playoffs, the stronger the temptation is to run things back the next season. Evans has proven he can still produce at a high level, and the Bucs have proven that their current core is good enough to hang in the postseason. At this point, an offseason extension that keeps Evans in Tampa for the rest of his career feels like a no-brainer.