“All Options On Table” With Free Agent CB

The Bucs have some essential selections to make this offseason, beginning with the franchise tag. Whereas Jason Licht mentioned Chris Godwin might be a candidate for the tag, they’re hopeful they’ll be capable of preserve the extensive receiver on a long run deal. The extra doubtless possibility is the Bucs inserting the franchise tag on cornerback Carlton Davis.

Davis, when wholesome, has been one of many higher corners within the league. He has locked down opposing receivers corresponding to Davante Adams, Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and Deandre Hopkins. Nonetheless, he has not performed a full season in his 4 years as a professional. Final season, Davis was restricted to simply 10 video games after struggling a quad harm. Head coach Bruce Arians beforehand known as him a prime ten participant on the place, when wholesome, and echoed these ideas on the Mix on Monday.

“When he performs 16 video games,” Arians mentioned of Davis being a prime nook within the league. “That’s been his solely maintain up due to his accidents. When he’s on the market, he’s a hell of a participant.”

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Davis was the Bucs second spherical choose within the 2018 draft at No. 63 total. Licht has been no stranger in dumping draft picks into the secondary, most just lately drafting Antoine Winfield Jr. within the second spherical in 2020. Licht agrees with Arians’ evaluation and hasn’t dominated out any choices with reference to utilizing the franchise tag on Davis.

“All choices are on the desk,” Licht mentioned. “He’s an excellent participant. We’ve drafted a whole lot of corners through the years, and he’s been an excellent participant – when he’s been wholesome.”

The 25-year previous nook has simply six interceptions in his 4 seasons with the Bucs. Nonetheless, he does have 52 cross deflections. The shortage of splash performs could make it arduous for the Bucs to justify paying him prime of the market nook wage. But when they do place the franchise tag on him, his 2022 wage can be $17.295 million. The Bucs are hoping to re-sign Davis, however will probably be attention-grabbing to see in the event that they worth him at that quantity or let him play out the 12 months on the tag and show he can keep wholesome for a full season.


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