Thursday is the deadline for Bucs and wide receiver Chris Godwin, who received the franchise this offseason, to reach an agreement on a contract extension. The reality of knowing this is happening is slim, but there is still a chance according to ESPNs Jeremy Fowler.
Bucs and Chris Godwin could have a chance as Godwin was an important part of the championship in Tampa and the Bucs have shown willingness to spend on keeping the core intact. But with draft buddy Kenny Golladay, who gets $ 18 million a year in New York, would probably require a large number to finish.
– Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 13, 2021
Bucs placed the franchise brand on Godwin on March 9, and he signed his one-year deal with the team on March 18. The franchise roof contract is worth $ 15.983 million. It’s unclear how much money Godwin seeks to make on an average annual basis, but it’s probably between $ 16- $ 18 million per year. Season. Fellow Buc’s wide receiver Mike Evans is currently averaging $ 16.5 million per year. Season.
A team official told Pewter Report that there is still a chance something could happen before Thursday, but the situation was described as “not optimistic.”
Godwin comes out of a season where he caught 65 passes in 840 yards (12.5 average) and scored seven touchdowns to help Tampa Bay win the Super Bowl LV. He struggled with a hamstring injury, a concussion and a broken finger last year, and Godwin’s stats did not quite match the breakout season he enjoyed in 2019. Godwin made his first and only Pro Bowl that year, leading the Bucs by 86 catches for 1,333 yards (15.5 average) and nine touchdowns – all career-best numbers.
The Bucs placed that one-year franchise tag on outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett in 2020 after having a breakout Pro Bowl season in 2019. Barrett, who signed a one-year $ 4 million proof-it deal with Tampa Bay, led the league with 19.5 sacks in 2019 on its way to its first Pro Bowl. That broke Warren Sapps single-season sack record of 16.5 sacks.
Barrett followed up the next year with just eight sacks in the regular season, but had four more in the mail season. He scored three in Green Bay in the NFC Championship game and one in Super Bowl LV before getting a four-year, $ 68 million contract extension this offseason, which averages $ 17 million a year.
Godwin may have to take a similar route and play this year on the franchise mark, especially since he only has a 1,000-yard season under his belt. What helps Godwin’s case is that he plays slot receiver, which is the highlighted position in Bruce Arians’ pass-first offense – and plays it exceptionally well.