Report: Bucs are tagging Chris Godwin

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The Buccaneers want to keep their core players together, giving them their best chance to repeat in 2021. But they likely won’t be able to keep all their free agents.

They apparently are ensuring they will keep receiver Chris Godwin.

The Bucs informed Godwin he is being franchise tagged, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Bucs could have tagged Shaq Barrett a second consecutive year. Barrett made $15.828 million under the franchise tag in 2020, so it would have cost $18.99 million to tag him again.

Instead, the team decided to use the tag on Godwin, which could mean a long-term deal is close with Barrett. Otherwise, Barrett will hit the free agent market next week.

Godwin, 25, made $4.65 million on his rookie deal. The franchise tag for receivers is $16.4 million for 2021.

Godwin said recently he wanted to stay with the Bucs but also wanted a long-term deal.

In four seasons, Godwin has 244 catches for 3,540 yards and 24 touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in 2019.

13 responses to “Report: Bucs are tagging Chris Godwin

  1. In the few games that I watched him, he dropped a lot of balls. He seems like a great guy but I would spend the money on keeping the defense together.

  2. Great WR. They better get him signed long term this year. He will be producing at a very high level for a long while.

  3. This is a good move. While he had a few drops in the second half of the season, he made more than enough one handed catches.

  4. The main reason he dropped passes in the second half of the season was because his broken finger wasn’t fully healed yet. He said as much. Up until the broken finger this year he rarely dropped the ball the previous two years. Glad the Bucs franchised him.

  5. stubbornolddog65 says:

    March 9, 2021 at 11:42 am

    In the few games that I watched him, he dropped a lot of balls. He seems like a great guy but I would spend the money on keeping the defense together.
    Either your memory is bad or you just like to make stuff up or both, Godwin dropped only 4 passes all season.

  6. I watched nearly every Bucs game and Godwin put up good numbers but dropped a lot of balls on big downs. Brady was often looking to rookie Tyler Johnson on 3rd down. I like Godwin, but not as much as everyone else. If they keep Brown, Miller, Evans and Johnson makes the jump in year two then that money could have been spent better on the defensive line, which is the primary reason they won the Super Bowl.

  7. I really liked Godwin. He is gritty.

    While he dropped a few in the playoffs, he also made key plays. Brady trusted him when it counted & Godwin came through.

  8. Not a smart choice considering there are other options for less. He dropped too many balls to be paid top dollar.

  9. Licht and Arians explained this decision right after TB12 dictated it to them.

  10. No fair minded observer could say that drops were a big issue for Godwin this year. Yes, he had a bad game against Washington, but it was right after Brady praised his reliability, so commentators naturally drew more attention to it.

    He had fewer drops than Evans, Jones, or Fournette throughout the season, (and fewer than Diggs, Metcalf, Hill, or Kamara) while playing with a broken finger.

    Great tag.

  11. Just look at the offensive stats for the Bucs with and without him. Anyone who thinks he’s not valuable or worth the tag for this team hasn’t been paying attention.

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