Godwin will cost the Bucs 17 to 20 million a year. A franchise tag would cost around 16.5. Brown could be signed for around 4 to 5 million a year. I’m not here to debate that Godwin is better than brown. What would make the most sense for the team. The Bucs are strong at WR. If you Tag Goodwin you could trade him for a 1st round pick. It has been done before.
Evans, Brown (4 million a year), Miller, Johnson plus a 1st round draft pick > Evans, Godwin(17 million a year), Miller, Johnson
FA will not be a contract bonanza this year. Half the league are in a worse cap position than the Bucs and many teams have more holes to fill. If we lose players like Godwin or Shaq because they want a big pay day so be it. There will be plenty of FAs that jump at a chance to get aboard the Brady ring number eight bandwagon.
I don’t think Godwin will sit if he gets tagged. He played last year for around 2 million last year he won’t pass up 16.5 million. There is a WR needing team could trade their first round pick for Godwin, Dolphins, Jets or Jags could use him and they have the cap space.
Bucs are $170M under the 2022 salary cap. Spotrac’s evaluation on Godwin is 4 years, $69M. Give him a $30M signing bonus and guaranteed $10M 2022 roster bonus with a low 2021 base salary. Long term contracts for WRs on their original teams are excellent investments.
Barrett is the one who needs the tag because A. His tag number is still below market value because the cap numbers for Frank Clark and Demarcus Lawrence are in the DE category. B. pass rushers who change teams not via trade are generally very bad long term contracts. C. he’s only produced in contract years.
I love Chris Godwin. How could you not? But paying him a king’s ransom to be one of the many receivers in this scheme is silly. We simply can’t afford to pay everyone what they want. I will even be upset if we franchise him. We need that money for other areas. His replacement is already on the team or will be in April.
Sign Shaq long term and tag Godwin. I believe the tag for Godwin would be cheaper than tagging Shaq anyway. I believe letting Godwin go is risky. After next year there could be no Brady, Gronk, AB (he could leave now), and Evans could always get hurt which would put us in a big hole.
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