Bucs Could Lose CB Davis In Free Agency

The Bucs couldn’t come to an settlement with vast receiver Chris Godwin on a long-term contract extension. So Tampa Bay used the franchise tag on Godwin as soon as once more on the 4:00 p.m. deadline on March 8. Utilizing the franchise tag on Godwin for a second straight yr pays the fifth-year receiver $19,179,600.

The Bucs utilizing the franchise tag on Godwin meant that the staff couldn’t apply it to cornerback Carlton Davis III. However Pewter Report has realized that Tampa Bay didn’t plan on utilizing the tag on Davis to start with. The previous second-round decide has battled accidents in every of his 4 seasons with the Bucs and has but to play each recreation in a complete season. Davis has missed a complete of 14 video games, together with seven final yr with a quad damage.

Davis additionally has simply six interceptions in 4 seasons. He recorded his first profession interception on the finish of his second yr. He then posted 4 in 2020 whereas serving to the Bucs win Tremendous Bowl LV. Final yr he had only one interception in 12 video games, together with two playoff video games. Davis dropped a number of different picks.

Bucs CB Carlton Davis – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Given his damage historical past and questions whether or not he could be a common playmaker able to producing multiple interception per season have given the group some pause with regards to his market worth. If the Bucs would have used the franchise tag on Davis the staff would have paid him $17.287 million in 2022.

That will primarily set the marketplace for Davis at round $17 million with regards to discussing a long-term contract both this yr or subsequent yr. That will make Davis the NFL’s fourth highest-paid cornerback proper above Buffalo’s Tre’Davious White at $17.25 million per yr. New Orleans’ Marshon Lattimore is third at $19.4 million per yr. Los Angeles’ Jalen Ramsey is the league’s highest-paid cornerback at $20 million per season.

The Bucs aren’t positive what Davis’ worth is, but it surely’s not round $17 million per yr. Tampa Bay will let the market resolve what he’s value. Meaning the Bucs may lose him in free company. And given the truth that Davis is extensively thought of to be the second- or third-best cornerback in free company behind New England’s J.C. Jackson and maybe Carolina’s Stephon Gilmore, some staff might in actual fact resolve to pay him $17 million or extra per season.

Ought to Davis depart it will create one other large gap in Tampa Bay’s beginning lineup to fill. It could virtually actually imply the Bucs must prioritize drafting a cornerback this yr. Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting are coming into their contract yr and neither is pretty much as good as Davis is.


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