The Tampa Bay Buccaneer have put the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin, keeping him in Tampa for at least one more year.
Godwin will get 15.89 million dollars on the one-year tag in 2021. This ensures that the Bucs receiving core of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will stay intact as the Bucs go for another Super Bowl in 2021.
The duo of Evans and Godwin are underrated on the national level, but in reality, these two receivers form the best receiving duo in the NFL.
“It’s not bad paying two No. 1 receivers, that’s for sure when they’re as good as our two number ones.” That was coach Bruce Arians talking about his top two receivers at last month’s media session.
The Bucs will have until July 15th to negotiate with Godwin on a new contract.
The Bucs also announced the signing of linebacker Lavonte David to a two-year contract worth 25 million dollars. Twenty million of that is guaranteed.
Speaking to the media last month, Jason Licht talked at length about Lavonte David and what he means to this Buccaneer defense.
“I don’t know if Devin would be the kind of player he’s evolving into without Lavonte. Lavonte, behind the scenes, is a phenomenal leader. He’s grown as a leader the last couple of years to be one of the go-to guys for Bruce on that defensive side of the ball. He was a very important part of our Super Bowl win, and we’d love to have him back.”
Lavonte David and Devin White formed one of the best linebacker duos in the NFL last season, which will continue for at least two more years.
David posted on his Instagram account, “Grinding in them trenches with my dogs! No better feeling! #2more.”
With Godwin and David back for next year, that puts the Bucs approximately eight million dollars over the 182 million dollar salary cap.
There is still a lot of work to be done to get under the cap.
The Bucs are also working to re-sign Shaq Barrett, Ndamukong Suh, Rob Gronkowski, and may even re-sign Antonio Brown.
Leonard Fournette, who reportedly wants eight million dollars a year, would price him out of Tampa Bay with that number.
The Bucs are also negotiating with Tom Brady to add another year to his contract.
In the meantime, the Bucs are looking to move some of the bonus money from Brady’s contract around. This would also help out the cap saturation.
The Bucs also need some cap room to be able to sign their draft picks. The draft will take place April 29th -May 2nd in Cleveland.
Godwin is happy to be back as well, as he posted on his Instagram account.