Per week in the past, I wrote about the newest contract projections from PFF for a number of key Bucs free brokers. Now, following the Tremendous Bowl, these projections have been up to date. With that replace comes elevated contract projections for a pair Bucs gamers. WR Chris Godwin and C Ryan Jensen each may value greater than initially anticipated.
It’s essential to recollect, that whereas the Bucs at present have round $3 million in cap area, that quantity just isn’t indicative of their precise flexibility. A number of restructures are available to the Bucs. Some, like Cam Brate’s cap hit dropping, are already agreed to in precept. Others, like reducing Brady’s base wage to save lots of round $8 million in cap area, will occur too. There are additionally different routine paths to opening cap area as nicely.
Listed below are the up to date contract projections for key Bucs gamers. Necessary to notice that projections for Jordan Whitehead, Carlton Davis, Leonard Fournette and Alex Cappa didn’t change from this text.
WR Chris Godwin
Contract Projection: 4 years, $70 million ($17.5M per 12 months, $36.5 million complete assured)
That is up from PFF’s final written projection, however I had a heads up from Brad Spielberger that it was coming. That’s why I included these numbers for Godwin in my final article. It’s attention-grabbing to notice that Mike Evans at present makes about $16.5 million per 12 months. However Evans obtained $55 million in complete ensures. Spielberger’s projection for Godwin is sort of $20 million much less in that space.
I don’t assume both participant cares who makes extra. However their brokers, and the Bucs, would possibly. That would affect negotiations this offseason. As a facet notice, a contract extension for Evans that might decrease his 2022 cap hit is sensible for all sides. That might be one thing to observe this offseason.
C Ryan Jensen
Contract Projection: 3 years, $39 million ($13M per 12 months, $24.25 million complete assured)
$13 million per 12 months for Jensen is an enormous leap from the $10 million he was beforehand projected at. It’s additionally over $9 million extra in assured cash. The veteran heart is about to show 31 this offseason. Though Jensen hasn’t missed a sport for the Bucs, he’s performed via accidents over a minimum of the previous two seasons. At what level does his model of play begin to meet up with him?
The market appears to have gone up for Jensen. $13 million per 12 months would make him the second-highest paid heart within the NFL. Given the cash Tampa Bay is paying to Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet and shortly Tristan Wirfs, they simply can’t justify that type of spending. I really like Jensen to dying, however I extremely doubt he’ll be again in Tampa Bay if he’s chasing the most important pay day he can get.