In a transfer that will have been stunning two days in the past, the Bucs are inserting the franchise tag on vast receiver Chris Godwin, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This would be the second-straight yr that Tampa Bay has used the designation on Godwin, because the staff was decided to maintain him off the market. Godwin’s price ticket for the 2022 season will now be $19.2 million.
Bucs and WR Chris Godwin didn’t attain a long-term deal at present and he now can be tagged, formally, per supply.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2022
That $19.2 million tag is excess of the Bucs want to pay Godwin on a per yr foundation. Particularly contemplating the receiver’s free agent price ticket was possible within the $17 million vary. Now the Bucs will try to achieve a long run cope with Godwin as quickly as potential. Till that day comes, the tag will act as a placeholder to maintain different groups from making gives. The Bucs have till July 15 to achieve a brand new cope with Godwin. However they’ll want wage cap aid from a long run deal a lot ahead of that.
It’s irritating that issues reached this level in Tampa Bay. There isn’t a excuse for the staff’s failure to get a long run deal achieved with Godwin. There was ample time to work towards an extension for the younger receiver, but the 2 sides stay divided. Godwin isn’t commanding top-tier cash like Davante Adams, who might re-set the market. Coming off a torn ACL, he must be comfortable to land within the 16-17 million vary. And the Bucs must be comfortable to land him there.
As an alternative, the indecisiveness of each side might value the Bucs dearly. Tampa Bay might and ought to have used the franchise tag on Carlton Davis, maintaining him from hitting the market. As an alternative, they’ll now danger dropping their finest cornerback. Exterior of Davis, the Bucs don’t have a positive factor at cornerback. And the Auburn product might command a hefty pay day in free company.
So the excellent news is the Bucs will get Godwin again for 2022 and past (finally). However at what value?