3 Buccaneers players who shouldn't be back in 2024, and 3 that should

It's time for the Bucs to build on a rather successful 2023.

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Bring back: Mike Evans, WR

At times, it has felt as though the Bucs and Mike Evans may be ready to part ways this offseason, as the Pro Bowl wide receiver is set to enter free agency. Last fall, Evans' camp gave the Buccaneers a timeline in effort to get him a new contract. It was pretty simple: get an offer in by Week 1.

The Bucs did not oblige, though.

In October, when everyone was talking about the NFL trade deadline, general manager Jason Licht went on Good Morning Football and expressed a desire to see Evans return to Tampa Bay:

“I'm really looking forward to Mike continuing his great career here in Tampa and extending his streak of 1,000 yard seasons here with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” Licht said.

That sure sounds like Licht would prefer Evans to be back in Tampa, but the ball may be in Evans' court. And, if recent comments mean anything, the feeling looks to be mutual, despite the wideout giving Tampa Bay a deadline last year.

"I've been on record saying how much I love this place and how much I want to be here," Evans said a few days ago.

This offense is a whole lot better, and much more fun, with Evans on the field. To think that Tampa Bay shouldn't run it back with this core would be silly. Evans is a Buc, and should be a Buc for life. Bring him back, Jason.