Godwin signed his franchise tender Wednesday morning, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This means Godwin is officially under contract and can be fined if he holds out from training camp or games. In other words, the wideout knows it won't come down to that, figuring he'll sign a long-term contract or else play out 2021 under a franchise tag for $15.9 million. The second option typically would be undesirable for a player of Godwin's caliber, but it makes more some sense this offseason, with the wideout coming off an injury-marred campaign and the market for free agents impacted by the salary cap dip.
Godwin is getting a franchise tag, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Godwin has acknowledged this possibility and stated that he'll play out 2021 under the franchise tag if he doesn't get a new contract. Both parties likely prefer a long-term agreement, but that it doesn't necessarily mean it will be easy to agree on specifics before the negotiation deadline, which usually is set at July 15. Either way, Godwin won't be a free agent this offseason.
Godwin recently indicated he would be willing to play the 2021 season under the franchise tag if necessary, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. According to Laine, the franchise tag appears to be "where things are headed" for Godwin this offseason, as the move would afford the Buccaneers some more salary-cap flexibility in the short term. Godwin's franchise tender would be worth around $16.5 million for 2021, and accepting the tag wouldn't rule out of the possibility of the wideout eventually reaching a longer-term deal with Tampa Bay. Further clarity on Godwin's 2021 contract situation will be gleaned in coming days, as the deadline for teams to apply the franchise tag for the upcoming season is next Tuesday.
Godwin secured two of four targets for nine yards during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday. Godwin had a disappointing conclusion to his 2020 season and postseason from an individual perspective, but the fourth-year wideout undeniably played a pivotal role in the team's championship run. He hauled in 65 of 84 targets for 840 yards and seven touchdowns over 12 regular-season games, quickly developing a rapport with Tom Brady and also generating a 5-110-0 line during the NFC Championship Game win over the Packers. However, the Penn State product is a pending unrestricted free agent, and his 2021 status will be the subject of scrutiny in the coming weeks ahead of the start of the new league year in March.
Godwin secured five of nine targets for 110 yards and rushed once for six yards in the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Godwin's receptions, receiving yards and targets paced the Buccaneers on the afternoon, and his one carry, which came on third down with 48 seconds remaining, ensured Tampa Bay would become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. The fourth-year wideout also had a team-high 52-yard grab early in the second quarter a play prior Leonard Fournette's 20-yard touchdown rush that marked Tampa Bay's second score, and he made a clutch 11-yard grab on a key fourth-quarter drive that culminated in a Ryan Succop field goal which extended the lead back to eight points. Godwin certainly did his part to step up in the absence of Antonio Brown (knee), and he'll look to once again play a prominent role irrespective of his teammate's availability in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7.
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