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Luke Easterling

Wayne Gretzky was the 1st person to find out the Bucs had re-signed Mike Evans

At the end of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ press conference announcing a new two-year contract extension for wide receiver Mike Evans, general manager Jason Licht told a fantastic story about the moment he found out the deal was done.

Licht and his wife, Blair, were in attendance at a local charity event for Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. The Bucs’ GM was having a conversation with Wayne Gretzky, the greatest player in hockey history, “without realizing it was Wayne Gretzky for the first two minutes,” Licht said.

He told “The Great One” he had to step away to take a phone call, and it was front-officec executives Mike Greenberg and Jackie Davidson on the phone, telling Licht that Evans’ camp had agreed to terms on the new deal.

Licht went back inside at the charity event “fist-pumping,” and told Gretzky they had just locked up Evans with a new contract.

“He’s a great one,” Gretzky said, according to Licht.

If anyone would know, it would be Wayne.

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