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Jets CB Sauce Gardner gives pitch to Buccaneers’ Mike Evans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans is set to be a highly-sought name in free agency for 2024, and some NFL players are already doing their best to make their pitch to him.

One of those players in New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner, who has been taking to social media as his general manager alter-ego he calls “LeSauce.” His recent target was Evans, tweeting that Evans purportedly knew “what we talked about” on social media. The Jets are one of many teams that could be interested in Evans, with teams like the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers also often mentioned.

Some aren’t particularly pleased with Gardner’s recruiting efforts, though. Gardner tweeted earlier a list of wideouts and asked Jets fans which ones he should try to get to New York, and Bucs running back Rachaad White didn’t take kindly to Evans being mentioned among them:

Evans had previously made a public statement about his contract through his agent at the beginning of the year, setting an extension deadline the team did not meet. Spotrac has Evans projected at $23.8 million dollars per year in market value — as it stands, the Jets are 20th in cap space at $7,562,303, so they’d need to do some maneuvering to try and land someone like Evans. Free agency officially opens on March 11, so we’ll know soon just how much of Gardner’s pitch is just talk or if it actually has some legs.

Story originally appeared on Buccaneers Wire