4 realistic replacements for Mike Evans if he leaves Buccaneers

  • Free agency figures to be limited
  • Draft prospects are probably the best option
  • In the end, Evans should stick around
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D.J. Chark

We're really grasping at straws here. I could have tossed Odell Beckham Jr.'s name on this list, but Beckham is even smaller at 5-foot-11 and the Bucs would be best suited going after someone who is a bit bigger. Not to mention, Beckham is always at risk of injury. He hasn't played a full season since 2016.

So, D.J. Chark it is!

The 6-foot-3 speedster spent last year with the Carolina Panthers, catching passes from rookie Bryce Young in an offense that was one of the league's worst, overall. Back in 2019, though, we saw that Chark was capable of being a higher volume type of target when he ended with 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns.

Chark would give the Bucs a vertical threat who has great top-end speed, and he'd come pretty cheap. Chark is no where near an ideal replacement for Evans, of course. But, there really isn't another free agent the Bucs could sign that could come close to Evans' talent level. Again, that's assuming Tee Higgins and Michael Pittman Jr. are off the market.