Godwin (knee) agreed to a three-year, $60 million contract extension with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Tampa Bay applied the franchise tag on Godwin last week for the second consecutive year, but the two sides were quickly able to come to an agreement on a longer-term deal. The 2017 third-round pick will receive $40 million guaranteed and is set to return to the open market in 2025, when he'll be 29 years old. Godwin is recovering from the torn ACL and sprained MCL in his right knee he sustained Week 15, so his availability for the start of the 2022 campaign still appears to be in question.
The Buccaneers placed the franchise tag on Godwin on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. For the second year in a row, Tampa Bay has tagged Godwin, meaning he'll be due $19.2 million in 2022 if the two sides are unable to come to terms on a long-term deal. Currently, he's in recovery mode from the torn ACL and sprained MCL that he sustained in his right knee back in Week 15. Due to the timing of the injury, Godwin's availability for Week 1 of next season is in question, as is who will be under center for the Bucs once he gets healthy following the retirement of Tom Brady this offseason.
The Buccaneers are expected to use their franchise tag on Godwin (knee) prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, Tyler Dragon of USA Today reports. Godwin, who is recovering from ACL and MCL tears in his right knee, looks like he will stick with Tampa Bay for the 2022 campaign under the team's franchise tag. That would mark the second consecutive year that Godwin has received the tag, so his salary would count $19.2 million against the cap. The tag may only serve as a placeholder for a long-term deal, however, as Dianna Russini of ESPN notes that the Buccaneers are still looking to work out an extension with Godwin. Through 14 appearances in the 2021 season, Godwin compiled career-high marks with 98 catches on 127 targets, which he translated into 1,103 yards and five touchdowns. While it's unclear whether Godwin will be at full strength to kick off the upcoming campaign, his ability to move the chains would doubtless prove a notable boon for whoever lines up under center for the Bucs in Week 1, with Tom Brady having retired.
Godwin underwent surgery Monday to repair the ACL and MCL in his right knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure, which didn't reveal any damage to Godwin's meniscus. While he will be in recovery mode when free agency opens up in mid-March, he's expected to be among the top options available at the position if the Buccaneers don't use the franchise tag on him again or otherwise can't come to terms with him on a new contract. Prior to injuring his knee in Week 15, he had set career highs with 98 catches and 127 targets en route to 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games.
Tampa Bay placed Godwin (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Godwin's move to IR was merely procedural after head coach Bruce Arians confirmed Monday that the wideout suffered a torn ACL in addition to an MCL sprain of his right knee in the Buccaneers' Week 15 loss to the Saints. The transaction opens up a spot on the 53-man roster for fellow wideout Antonio Brown (ankle), who returns from a three-game suspension and could absorb a good portion of the 9.1 targets per contest Godwin had averaged through Tampa Bay's first 14 games.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
|3||09/25||Green Bay Packers||14||20.67|
|4||10/02||Kansas City Chiefs||28||23.80|
|9||11/06||Los Angeles Rams||22||22.05|
|13||12/05||New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
|14||12/11||@San Francisco 49ers||19||21.90|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||110||83||1092||7||54||13.16||150|