11:42 AM PT -- Mike Evanssays he did not sign an autograph for the two referees who chased him down in the tunnel of Bank of America Stadium ... insisting they simply just had a conversation about golf.
"That's all we was talking about," the receiver told reporters Tuesday.
9:19 AM PT -- New details are coming out on what went down during the interaction ... with NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reporting Lamberth -- who, like Evans, attended Texas A&M -- was getting Mike's phone number.
The report says Lamberth intended to pass the digits along to a golf pro to get Evans some lessons.
The NFL has completed its investigation into whether two referees asked Mike Evans for an autograph ... and after speaking to both officials, it was determined the postgame interaction did NOT involve getting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star's Hancock.
Video appeared to show Jeff Lamberth and Tripp Sutter running up to Evans with a piece of paper and a pen after the Bucs' 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers ... with many assuming they were taking advantage of an opportunity to get his signature.
The league just released a statement on the matter ... and said despite what it looks like, the refs weren't hunting for a signature.
"After speaking with the individuals involved, we have confirmed that the postgame interaction between Jeff Lamberth, Tripp Sutter, and Mike Evans did not involve a request by the game officials for an autograph," the NFL said.
"Both Lamberth and Sutter have been reminded of the importance of avoiding even the appearance of impropriety when interacting with players, coaches, and club staff on gameday -- including during pregame and postgame time periods."