According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bucs have reportedly placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin, a move that will pay the fifth-year pass-catcher between $15.8 and $16.4 million for the 2021 season.

Drafted in the third round out of Penn State in 2017, Godwin racked up 849 yards and seven touchdowns on 59 receptions in his sophomore campaign before breaking out in 2019. With Jameis Winston at quarterback, Godwin exploded for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns on 86 receptions, despite missing the season’s final two contests with a hamstring injury. Godwin was voted to his first career Pro Bowl appearance and named a second team All-Pro following the 2019 season.

In 2020 Godwin remained a consistent offensive weapon for the Bucs, notching 840 receiving yards and another seven touchdowns in the regular season despite missing four games due to various injuries. Godwin added 16 catches for 232 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs, but did struggle with drops for the first time in his career, letting seven passes bounce off his hands in four postseason games. Still, Godwin’s five catches for 110 yards paced the Bucs in the NFC Championship Game, including a juggling 52-yard catch to set up a touchdown in the first half.

The Bucs will now have several months to work toward a long term deal with Godwin, as the deadline is set for July 15 at 4 pm EST. Godwin has already said he’d love to be back in Tampa Bay long term, and that he will play on the tag this season if necessary, so no holdout should be expected. It will be difficult for the Bucs to tie up a lot of big money at the wide receiver position with Mike Evans already on the books for between $16.6-$18.8 million a year for the next three years, but keeping Godwin around for at least 2021 was always a no-brainer.

Godwin’s signing means the Bucs entire starting offense from their Super Bowl championship season inches one big step closer to returning in 2021. Free agent tight end Rob Gronkowski is likely to return, while wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Leonard Fournette remain question marks. Even if those two big names move on, the Bucs should feature one of the most talented offenses in the NFL again in 2021, with Godwin acting as a headliner name for the unit.

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eaustinyoung
4 months ago

Must mean they’re going to give Barrett a money bag.

FLBoy84
Reply to  eaustinyoung
4 months ago

Or they’re willing to let someone else…

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
4 months ago

Well that’s a relief… 1 down, 4 to go (Gronk, Suh, Barrett, David)…

eaustinyoung
Reply to  WeAretheChamps2002+2021
4 months ago

100%

gcolerick
Reply to  WeAretheChamps2002+2021
4 months ago

Don’t forget Succob

obuc
Reply to  gcolerick
4 months ago

who is succob?

Spitfire
4 months ago

I think that was expected and at least it shows they want him here and hopefully can work something out. It at least allows them to move forward with David and Barrett. I really hope those two get decent money while allowing room to bring back everyone else. The more greedy they wanna be the more I hope they just find replacements. I’d rather them keep David no matter what than Barrett. I know Edge is a thin spot but there are gonna be a lot of Edge guys on the market with not a lot of money to go… Read more »

FLBoy84
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

Agreed

Mike Pengelly
4 months ago

Agree with Spitfire…lock up David and Suh and if Barrett really wants to “break the bank”…bye bye Shaq. Who else is available either in free agency or the draft.

Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

Great news!
Increasing chance Bucs bring back most of their crew.

Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

Bucs draft strategy is also simplified. This is because the Bucs can focus on trenches of OL/DL or best available skill player on defense.
Right now you have Evans, Godwin, Miller, Johnson, Mickents and Watson in the fold. And with AB being a possible return WR is set.

SappAttack
4 months ago

CHAMPIONSHIP!

SappAttack
4 months ago

Now give me David and everyone else is a bonus. Shaq CAN be replaced and so can Suh. You know Gronk’s coming back. We need someone next to Vea and someone who’s productive off the edge. Then draft all trenches in the draft. WE DONT NEED CORNERS OR SKILLS PLAYERS WE NEED DEPTH ON THE LINES.
Stoked Chris is back, who’s next?

Naplesfan
Reply to  SappAttack
4 months ago

Our defense played much better than the offense did at “money time” (December to February). Yet guys like you are willing to shitcan our top defenders in order to overpay mediocre offensive players like Godwin – yeah, he played great in 2019, but he wasn’t available nearly half the 2020 season and as Taylor pointed out, Godwin got a case of the dropsies during “money time” when his performance mattered most. I’d like to see us keep Godwin, but Licht is overpaying with a franchise tag. Hopefully he can negotiate a much more cap friendly extension for Godwin, with some… Read more »

pinkstob
4 months ago

Glad to hear we will have Godwin at least one more season. The only downside is now I have to hold off one more year before buying his jersey to ensure he is going to be on the team for at least the next 4 years or so.

gcolerick
4 months ago

Wow, not much love for Shaq on this site…talk about what have you done for me lately. Guess he needed to another 19 sack season to get the love. I would hate to see him walk. The man was monster during the playoff run and will continue to be. I have heard the narrative on his numbers were down when Vea was out. Ok….Vea is back so how is that a talking point to let Shaq walk. Makes no sense to me.

Eddie
Reply to  gcolerick
4 months ago

Not to let Shaq walk, but to pay him as a end that need Vea to be productive

Naplesfan
Reply to  gcolerick
4 months ago

What you’re seeing here in comments is the overwhelming overvaluation of offensive players over defensive players. Particularly for wide receivers, the most overpaid position in the NFL for value received.
As if it wasn’t our defense that obliterated Kansas City in the Super Bowl, and played like monsters all the way from the week after the bye through to the final whistle in the Super Bowl. Yet commenters here treat them all as if they’re interchangeable with just any old player.

PewterHeart
4 months ago

Born a Buc, love the move. Let’s lock up another Buc born in LD54, and possibly Suh then Succup.. bye Shaq.

obuc
4 months ago

I hope this doesn’t mean that Barrett is gone. Reading between the lines, it could mean they are confident to resigning at least 2 of the 3 defensive players.

Babygrace
Reply to  obuc
4 months ago

The Bucs are now over the effective cap by a little over 7,000,000. I wouldn’t be so confident we sign any more of the major free agents. We still have to sign backups and rookies.

LVBUC2
4 months ago

I think they can trade him for a 1st round draft choice

bucballer
4 months ago

I thought that the Bucs might be leaning this way. It’s value for them even with the tag given market conditions. Now Shaq. I fear they won’t be able to meet his price or what someone else will offer. The chips will begin to fall where they may soon. Got get Suh, Gronk , and David done too.

bucballer
4 months ago

If David is worth 14-15 mil per, then what will White get on his second contract?

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  bucballer
4 months ago

David got 12.5, White will probably be worth 20 when he’s due, but the cap will probably be at 250 by then. NFL is signing all new TV deals this year. The cash is gonna skyrocket.

Jonbuc
4 months ago

Mr. Reynold’s nailed this prediction…many other pundits had him as good as gone. PR, like the Bucs, have quickly built an elite team. Now if they can only keep Ledyard from testing free agency… :)

plopes808
4 months ago

All efforts are now aimed at Shaq, and deservedly so. Hopefully he doesn’t get too money hungry and stays. If he wants to “break the bank” I say let him and sign Suh and Gronk, draft an edge in the 1st, and grab a decent vet FA