Dec 5, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) reacts after making a catch during the fist quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Untagged: Bucs sign WR Chris Godwin to 3-year deal

Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin signed a three-year contract to stay in Tampa Bay, removing the franchise designation he was given before the deadline earlier this month.

The team didn’t announce terms but ESPN reports it’s worth $60 million, with $40 million fully guaranteed.

Godwin, recovering from a torn ACL, had a career-high 98 receptions with 1,103 yards and five TD catches in 2021.

“I’m just grateful,” Godwin said at a press conference Monday. “We love to call Tampa our home. Excited to get back to work, excite to get back with my guys.”

Godwin said he was “gassed up” when quarterback Tom Brady sent a text message to a group thread that also includes wide receiver Mike Evans.

“We’re back and trying to make it back to the top of the mountain,” said Godwin.

Since he was drafted in the third round in 2017, Godwin has 342 receptions for 4,643 yards and 29 touchdowns. In 2019, he was named to the Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro.

General manager Jason Licht said Godwin was a priority. Tagged for the second year in a row, the two sides had until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal.

Last March, the Buccaneers applied the “non-exclusive” franchise tag on Godwin, meaning he was able to discuss a contract with other teams. Tampa Bay retained the right to match any contract offer.

Godwin, who is recovering from the season-ending knee injury, would have earned approximately $19.2 million on the tag in 2022.

–Field Level Media

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Franchise tag roundup: Davante Adams, 4 more tagged by deadline

Just like his MVP quarterback, Packers wide receiver Davante Adams’ future is also in Green Bay.

The Packers used the franchise tag to retain Adams, hours after Aaron Rodgers confirmed he would return for the 2022 season. Adams was one of five NFL players to receive the tag Tuesday before the 4 p.m. ET deadline and one of eight in all.

Adams exceeds the franchise tag tender value for wide receivers and would make more than $20 million in 2022 under the tender. Because his cap hit was almost $16.8 million in 2021, his franchise number is $20.1 million.

The Packers and Adams are reportedly “not close” to a long-term contract. Adams openly insisted he should be the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver, a contract general manager Brian Gutekunst said the All-Pro deserves. The sides have until the July 15 deadline to reach a long-term deal.

Adams has 669 receptions with the Packers, including 123 in 2021 and 115 in 2020 while playing just 14 games that season. He has 29 touchdown catches the past two seasons.

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the franchise tag to keep wideout Chris Godwin for the second consecutive year. The two sides can negotiate a long-term deal by July 15 under the terms of the tag.

Last March, the Buccaneers applied the “non-exclusive” franchise tag on Godwin, meaning he was able to discuss a contract with other teams. Tampa Bay retained the right to match any contract offer.

Godwin, who is recovering from a season-ending knee injury, would earn approximately $19.2 million on the tag in 2022 if the two sides can’t work out a long-term deal.

The 26-year-old Godwin caught a career-high 98 passes for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 starts in 2021. He tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Godwin is expected to miss training camp and preseason, but he could be back for the start of the regular season barring complications in his recovery.

–Tight end Dalton Schultz was tagged by the Dallas Cowboys, guaranteeing his 2022 salary at $10.931 million.

Schultz, 25, was a fourth-round pick in 2018 and caught 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns last season. The Cowboys are uncertain whether fellow tight end Blake Jarwin (hip) will be available to start the 2022 season.

The Cowboys also announced that they created $22 million in cap space by restructuring the contracts of quarterback Dak Prescott and offensive guard Zack Martin as the new league year approaches. The team saved $15 million on Prescott’s deal and $7 million on Martin’s by converting a portion of their 2022 salary into a signing bonus.

Prescott had a passer rating of 120.0 when targeting Schultz since 2020, according to the Cowboys.

–The Miami Dolphins placed the franchise tag on tight end Mike Gesicki.

Like Schultz with the Cowboys and David Njoku with the Cleveland Browns, Gesicki will make $10.931 million in 2022 salary once the tender offer is signed.

Gesicki, 26, recorded career-high totals in both catches (73) and receiving yards (780) to go along with two touchdowns in 17 games last season. Gesicki has 199 catches for 2,255 yards and 13 touchdowns in 64 career games since being selected by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars placed the franchise tag on left tackle Cam Robinson for the second consecutive season.

Robinson, 26, will earn $16.66 million under the tender unless the sides can reach a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline. Robinson earned $13.754 million under the tag last season.

Robinson has started all 61 games he has played for the Jaguars since they selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) reacts after making a catch during the fist quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs to use franchise tag on WR Chris Godwin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin before Tuesday’s deadline, USA Today reported Monday.

Godwin, who is recovering from a season-ending knee injury, would earn approximately $19.2 million on the tag in 2022 if the two sides can’t work out a long-term deal.

The 26-year-old Godwin caught a career-high 98 passes for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 starts in 2021. He tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Godwin has 342 receptions for 4,643 yards and 29 touchdowns in 72 games (47 starts) since the Bucs drafted him in the third round in 2017.

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Bucs WR Chris Godwin (foot) to play vs. Washington

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin is listed as active for Sunday’s road contest against the Washington Football Team.

Coach Bruce Arians on Friday labeled Godwin as a game-time decision due to a foot injury.

Godwin has team-leading totals in both catches (50) and receiving yards (660) to go along with four touchdown receptions this season. He is playing the 2021 season on the one-year franchise tag, which for wide receivers guaranteed a salary of $16 million.

Godwin, 25, has 294 catches for 4,200 yards and 28 touchdown receptions in 66 career games with the Buccaneers (6-2). He was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The availability of Godwin is a boon for the Buccaneers, who previously ruled out wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs). Brown has not played since Tampa Bay’s 28-22 win over Philadelphia on Oct. 14, while Gronkowski missed four games before making a brief return in the Buccaneers’ 36-27 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 31.

The Buccaneers also listed quarterback Kyle Trask, safety Andrew Adams, guard Nick Leverett and defensive lineman Steve McLendon as inactive for Sunday’s game.

Washington, meanwhile, listed wide receivers Curtis Samuel and Antonio Gandy-Golden as well as cornerbacks Corn Elder and Benjamin St-Juste as inactive.

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Oct 24, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) is tackled by Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (4) in the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (foot) likely game-time decision vs. WFT

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin is trending toward being considered a game-time decision for Sunday’s road contest against the Washington Football Team, coach Bruce Arians said.

Godwin, who is nursing a foot injury, was spotted running in place during the end of Friday’s practice, which was open to the media.

Godwin has team-leading totals in both catches (50) and receiving yards (660) to go along with four touchdown receptions this season. He is playing the 2021 season on the one-year franchise tag, which for wide receivers guaranteed a salary of $16 million.

Mike Evans leads the Buccaneers (6-2) with eight touchdown receptions.

Godwin, 25, has 294 catches for 4,200 yards and 28 touchdown receptions in 66 career games with the Buccaneers. He was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2017 Draft.

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Tampa Tagged: WR Chris Godwin gets franchise marker

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin was informed he’ll be given the franchise tag, keeping him from free agency and marking his return to the Super Bowl champions, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

Head coach Bruce Arians hinted the move could be coming in February while finger-counting the number of marquee players the team stands to lose in free agency. The move could push linebacker Lavonte David and pass rusher Shaq Barrett, who was tagged by the Buccaneers last March, into free agency.

Godwin anticipated the move and told the Pat McAfee Show last month, “I want to be here. … The goal obviously is to get paid, right? But I’m not stupid. I’m not going to put myself in a situation where I’m going to be miserable for some years to come just for a couple extra dollars.”

Using the franchise tag to retain Godwin comes at a cost of around $16 million for the 2021 season and further tightens the salary cap for the Bucs.

One possible method of relief is a restructured contract for quarterback Tom Brady, who has one year left on the two-year deal he struck with the team in March 2020. Converting his incentives — likely to be earned — and base salary into a bonus could bring a savings of more than $15 million against the 2021 cap, per reports.

Godwin turned 25 in February and pairs with Mike Evans to form one of the top wide receiver duos in the NFL. He had 65 catches for 840 yards in 2020 despite dealing with leg, finger and elbow injuries.

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Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) reaches for the ball during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs stop here: Bruce Arians hopes to keep free agents

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians saw his team overcome the odds to win the second Super Bowl trophy in franchise history.

Now comes what might be even the more difficult part for the Bucs — retaining their stars in a bid to repeat as champion.

Wide receiver Chris Godwin, who made a base salary of $2.1 million in 2020, is one of the several standouts slated to hit free agency in a month. He could receive the franchise tag to remain with the Buccaneers and play alongside fellow wideout Mike Evans, who will make $12.25 million in base salary in 2021.

“(Godwin) loves it here,” Arians said Thursday on 95.3 WDAE Radio. “It’s hard to leave and go to another system just for money. But it’s not bad paying two No. 1 receivers, that’s for sure, when they’re as good as our two No. 1s.”

The Bucs will have slightly more money at their disposal after the NFL raised the salary cap floor to $180 million on Thursday.

“It’s usually the money … if it’s close, I think our guys really want to stay,” Arians said. “They know they have something special. I don’t think any of them want to leave. I don’t get involved in the dollars. I just let them know we want them back.”

Godwin, who turns 25 next week, recorded 65 catches for 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games last season. His numbers took a dip after his breakout Pro Bowl season campaign in 2019, during which he posted career-high totals in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,333) and touchdowns (nine).

Wide receiver Antonio Brown, running back Leonard Fournette, tight end Rob Gronkowski, linebackers Shaq Barrett and Lavonte David, and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh are all free agents.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Broken finger sidelines Bucs WR Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin will miss Monday night’s game against the New York Giants with a broken left index finger, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

Godwin sustained the injury while catching a 4-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass in Sunday’s 45-20 defeat of the Las Vegas Raiders. He had surgery on Tuesday, per the report.

The Buccaneers are hopeful Godwin can return for their NFC South showdown against the New Orleans Saints in Week 9.

Godwin, 24, has 25 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season. He has already missed three games due to injuries.

A third-round pick in 2017 out of Penn State, Godwin has 204 receptions for 2,979 yards and 19 touchdowns in 50 career games. He finished third in the NFL with 1,333 yards last season.

–Field Level Media