PFF Projects Contracts For Key Bucs Free Agents

It’s going to be a busy offseason for the Bucs. Not solely does the staff have to discover a quarterback this spring, additionally they have 28 free brokers to are inclined to. 10 of these free brokers are starters, placing the Bucs 2022 roster turnover charge in query as free company approaches. However the Bucs are in a strong spot with the cap, and have future flexibility as nicely. No matter gamers they worth sufficient to convey again will return in purple and pewter.

As for every participant’s value, that is still to be seen. Few retailers venture free agent contracts higher than Professional Soccer Focus, largely because of the excellent work of Brad Spielberger. Spielberger has been on the Pewter Report Podcast many instances, together with final offseason when he appropriately predicted the Bucs would re-sign virtually all of their free brokers regardless of the cap constraints.

Now, Spielberger and the PFF staff are projecting contracts for the Bucs 2022 free brokers. Listed here are the projected numbers for every key Buccaneer free agent.

WR Chris Godwin

Contract Projection: 4 years, $70 million ($17.5M per yr, $36.5 million complete assured)

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photograph by: USA At the moment

Evaluation: By way of complete worth of the contract, $70 million would put Godwin in eighth place amongst NFL large receivers. He’s a greater participant than a number of receivers forward of him, together with Kenny Golladay and Jarvis Landry. However Godwin’s damage might complicate issues a bit bit. Additionally, the marketplace for large receivers has dipped a bit bit in recent times.

PFF doesn’t appear to think about Godwin a real No. 1 large receiver, and the NFL might agree. Nevertheless it wouldn’t shock me if Godwin’s remaining contract finally ends up a bit larger than this projection.

C Ryan Jensen

Contract Projection: 3 years, $30 million ($10M per yr, $15 million complete assured)

Bucs C Ryan Jensen

Bucs C Ryan Jensen – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Evaluation: This is able to be a reasonably nice worth for the Bucs if they’ll get it. At the moment, Jensen makes $10.5 million per yr. A slight worth discount off of a Professional Bowl yr can be nice for the staff. However is it lifelike?

There are two methods to take a look at it. Jensen is sort of 31 years outdated, and whereas he by no means missed a begin for the Bucs, he’s performed via accidents the previous two seasons. Paying getting older offensive linemen has not at all times gone nicely in free company. For the Bucs, committing eight figures per yr to a 3rd offensive lineman is dangerous. Particularly when Tristan Wirfs’ pay day isn’t that far down the street.

However for different groups, Jensen might command extra. Even perhaps as much as 12-13 million per yr. Once I requested Spielberger about it, he indicated Jensen’s price ticket on the open market would seemingly be larger than the Bucs’ high supply. So we’ll see if Jensen desires to relocate another time to complete his profession or not.

CB Carlton Davis

Contract Projection: Franchise Tag

Evaluation: It’s uncommon to see an offseason projection for Carlton Davis that doesn’t contain the franchise tag. That may value the Bucs about $17 million towards the cap. It’s attainable they tag him, then work out a long-term extension. However it could be very shocking to see Davis hit the open market.

RB Leonard Fournette

Contract Projection: 2 years, $16 million ($8M per yr, $11M complete assured)

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Evaluation: I don’t assume Tom Brady’s absence will influence the re-signing of most Bucs gamers. Nonetheless, for Leonard Fournette and the Bucs, it would. Tampa Bay has usually believed you may get by at operating again with out paying a heavy premium for them. Final yr, Fournette would have gone elsewhere if he had any market. As a substitute, he returned to play one other yr with Brady and lift his inventory.

That’s precisely what occurred with Fournette, and now he’ll profit from it this offseason. To me, there isn’t a compelling purpose to re-sign Fournette at $8 million per yr. He’s not a ok pure rusher to anchor a floor assault and successfully carry a giant offensive load. And the Bucs needs to be centered on spending at place that can assist them win in 2023 and 2024. A brief deal for Fournette is unlikely to do this.

S Jordan Whitehead

Contract Projection: 3 years, $18 million ($6M per yr, $11.5 million assured)

Evaluation: This looks like a wonderfully affordable contract for a participant I now imagine the Bucs ought to attempt to re-sign. At $6 million per yr, that’s inexpensive for the Bucs. And proper consistent with Vonn Bell’s contract with the Bengals a pair years in the past. I feel Whitehead might command a bit greater than this per yr, however his price ticket shouldn’t be so excessive the Bucs can’t convey him again. It’ll be fascinating to see how this one performs out this spring. Non-elite safeties have typically gotten the shaft in free company.

RG Alex Cappa

Contract Projection: 4 years, $37 million ($9.25M per yr), $20 million complete assured

Bucs RG Alex Cappa

Bucs RG Alex Cappa – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Evaluation: A contract like this is able to make Cappa one of many league’s higher-paid guards. Amongst proper guards, Cappa would rank fifth in per yr earnings. The Bucs can do it in the event that they need to, however will they? They’re already dedicated to the most effective guards in soccer for nearly $11 million per yr. Cappa is an effective participant who hasn’t missed a lot common season motion since turning into a starter. However finally, his place is up there with operating again as one of many extra replaceable spots within the league.

Dropping Cappa and Jensen would harm the Bucs some. However regular, inexpensive choices at heart and guard are at all times obtainable. Once more, Tampa Bay might pay each of them. Nevertheless it most likely wouldn’t be the wisest allotment of assets transferring ahead. We’ll see what the market says.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: Count on to see some changes to PFF’s contract projections following the Tremendous Bowl.**


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