NFL Rumors: Mike Evans sounds like a man who wants to play for the Chiefs

If you trust the requirements his agent is putting out there, it sounds like Mike Evans dreams of playing in Kansas City.

NFC Divisional Playoffs - Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Detroit Lions
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The money has already spoken with Mike Evans once or twice to this point.

The phrase "money talks" exists for a good reason. When push comes to shove, most people in most situations will make some of the most important decisions of their lives—certainly vocational ones—based on money (or the amount of it). But the Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to be an outlier at this point for a talent like Evans, who might not need or want so much money at this stage of his career.

If rumors come true and he's allowed to hit the free agent market after spending his entire career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike Evans will be the ultimate prize among wide receivers. And while there will be no shortage of suitors—including a probable bold push to remain in Tampa Bay for his entire career—his agent is saying the sorts of things these days that make you believe K.C. could be in this.

If you trust the requirements his agent is putting out there, it sounds like Mike Evans dreams of playing in Kansas City.

Of course, if any team outside of Tampa Bay is going to be in it, it should be the Chiefs given their current run of success. But they also might not have the financial reach of the Bucs or even other teams interested in Evans. But here's what Deryk Gilmore, Evans' agent, told NFL reporter Jordan Schultz during the NFL Combine.

In case you cannot read the post, Schultz quotes Gilmore as saying, “Mike wants to play with an elite quarterback in an offense that will showcase him — and be paid like a top wide receiver. He doesn’t want to play with a rookie QB. Winning a Super Bowl is a key priority.”

There are a few things going for the Chiefs here and it begins with the "key priority." Say what you will about other teams' chances—and in the NFL, every team can lay claim to "chances"—but only one team is on the verge of a historic third championship in a row. No other team has locked up their division for eight consecutive seasons, and no other team has played in six straight conference championships.

The Philadelphia Eagles went from wired to tired in a single season. The San Francisco 49ers are hoping to stay the course but the sledding will get tougher next season. The L.A. Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Cincinnati Bengals have all made late postseason runs in recent years only to miss the playoffs entirely the following season. Evans can like the chances of a place but only one is a virtual guarantee.

Evans also singles out not wanting to play for a rookie quarterback and wanting to play with an "elite" one, and while there are others worth mentioning, the truth is that only one is conjuring Tom Brady comparisons and rewriting records with every passing season: Patrick Mahomes.

Evans also says he wants an offense that will showcase him. What head coach is better at figuring out how to get the most out of his offensive weapons than Andy Reid? With Mahomes to orchestrate Reid's plans, Evans would be in prime position to put up some incredible production and very likely help make history.

The downside here might be the financial side, but we admitted that from the beginning. The Chiefs are trying to create enough financial room to lock up two of their own cornerstones on defense: Chris Jones and L'Jarius Sneed. Other teams can and will most certainly outbid the Chiefs for Evans' services if he wants to go to the highest bidder.

But if Evans, who has 10 consecutive seasons of 1,000 yards receiving or more, wants to cement his Hall of Fame status, he could eclipse 100 career touchdowns with a team that will feature him in primetime more than any other. If he's up for hearing other voices than just the money, Kansas City sounds perfect for Evans.

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