“I’d Be Shocked If The Bucs Don’t Franchise Him”

March 2nd, 2021

“Hey Licht, you really want me to test the market?”

When Joe hears closet Bucs fan Peter Schrager talk Bucs, Joe’s ears perk up.

Let’s just say Joe knows who Schrager talks to.

So yesterday when the co-host of “Good Morning Football” (Kay Adams is back!) began talking about what kind of an impact a free agent receiver could make on another team, Schrager began speaking of Chris Godwin.

“Godwin is awesome,” Schrager said.

He added Godwin has long been a No. 2 receiver behind Mike Evans — though Evans will say Godwin is a No. 1. “This year he did lead the Bucs in receiving yards per game. He also had a great playoffs. He was fantastic in that run. For 25 of the 31 [other] teams, he’s a No. 1. Reliable, smart.”

Schrager is of the mind the Bucs don’t let Godwin loose. Unless…

“I’d be shocked if the Bucs don’t franchise him,” Schrager said. The only way Schrager said Godwin doesn’t get franchised if Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht can’t get Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett to sign on the dotted line.

Then, Schrager said, it will be Shaq who is tagged.

28 Responses to ““I’d Be Shocked If The Bucs Don’t Franchise Him””

  1. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    ..CG is GREAT. he is a better man as well, and he is unaffordable for us, and he was here before 2020, and ME13 was here before 2020, nd we were sockaneers..
    My point is we got the SB NOT because CG14, and we are not going to miss one if he is not here 2021. Love the guy, wish him the best not only financially, but in football field as well. A cool mind know that he can’t stay here, and he is gone.

  2. Duemig from HELL Says:

    Not happening. HELL will freeze over. He gone. 3rd Rd compensatory pick coming

  3. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The wild card in all the free agent juggling that J Licht and Greenberg will be doing, is a possible/ likely Brady extension. Brady’s salary is 17.1% of their cap in 2021. So I am looking for J Licht to somehow pull a rabbit out of the hat. We will soon see what will happen. GO BUCS!!!!

  4. gbobucsfan Says:

    We keep Shaq, Gronk, AB and some backups. CG and LVD are gone (unfortunately).

  5. Bird Says:

    Godwin is a stud
    And if brady wants him back he will be back.
    What is the free agent receiver tag again 16-17ish?

  6. Robert Says:

    CG is great. no argument.
    but we can not afford him AND TB will make another wr great by the end of next year.

    bank on it.

  7. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I think Shaq is more important

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Chickens coming home to roost with Godwin:

    I posted constantly that we should sign Godwin last year to a long term contract giving him a nice raise for 2020…..but no, no, no….Joe & others stated….Why worry, he’s under contract”
    Well, that’s the price we paid for a couple of extra players that may have helped us win the SB….that’s ok….and was likely worth it….but now, we have to pay the piper.

  9. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    It will be easier to replace Godwin than Shaq. If anyone is tagged, it will be shaq.

  10. Tony Says:

    At least if he goes they could try & resign Antonio. Antonio is used to carrying the load anyway & he won’t cost as much right now. Just resign Antonio, Gronkowski, Barrett & David & then franchise tag Godwin. Then depending on Suh & Fournette & they need to try & resign Succop, too! He was doing well.

  11. SickofLosing Says:

    Pass rushers are far harder to find than receivers. Besides, Tyler and Scooter will get more playing time, and they probably resign AB on the cheap. And a 3rd round comp pick would slightly ease the sting of loosing Godwin.

  12. FlBoy84 Says:

    Succop might be the 4th highest priority FA to re-sign lol. NO desire to restart the kicker carousel anytime soon.

  13. Allbuccedup Says:

    What Brady wants Brady gets.

  14. FlBoy84 Says:

    Don’t watch them much because it’s hard putting any stock in GMF crew opinions, though Nate does have some solid takes on occasion. Just this morning they’re going on about how most of the Bucs FA’s want to leave for big money deals, Shaq signing with the Saints (forgetting the $60M+ over the cap fact of course), Godwin gone too, etc. They’re not alone in the media with their contempt for the Bucs, but it’s shocking sometimes how often they make completely clueless takes just for the sake of headlines. You’d think an NFL employed crew would be a little more dialed in to the thought processes of the teams they’re paid to cover in the league they work for…

  15. FlBoy84 Says:

    Don’t watch them much because it’s hard putting any stock in GMF crew opinions, though Nate does have some solid takes on occasion. Just this morning they’re going on about how most of the Bucs FA’s want to leave for big money deals, Shaq signing with the Saints (forgetting the $60M+ over the cap fact of course), Godwin gone too, etc.

  16. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I think it will be Shaq who will get the Tag, not Godwin.
    I hope we can keep Chris of course, but we may not be able to afford him.
    Jacksonville will have a new QB next year, and Urban Meyer will be looking for a number 1 receiver. They have plenty of Money, and we just don’t.

  17. zzbuc Says:

    I don´t think CG is gone by any means, I think he is gonna get tagged, Shaq is gonna stay Gronk stays too,and LVD, Lenny and AB are gone, unless AB wants to stay for the cheap….My only doubt is Suh, buy I would say he stays….

  18. Colin in Canada Says:

    I wonder if Mike Evans will be the odd man out.

  19. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Colin in “More North Than Michigan”: No, Mike Evans is a Bucs lifer, IMHO. He said he’s willing to restructure, he’s always been willing to help the team.

  20. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I’d hate to see Godwin tearing it up in a different uniform and I wouldn’t give Urban Meyer the time of day, much less allow him to take any Bucs players.

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    If the franchise tag on Godwin is, in fact, just $15.8m, then tagging him make sense since it’s below market value. At the same time the Bucs should use that in their negotiations to get a long term deal done. I had to double check, but next year the Bucs have $149m in cap space (OTC number)… that’s a ton of money. Of course they have to sign a ton of guys, but they can make the cap do whatever they want, there’s literally no excuses to not bringing back everyone they want. Just give low dollar deals for this year, but with guarantees for next year and the year after that. Personally I don’t care if blow-up future years to stay in our window, that should be a deal everyone is OK with. So say in 3 years we’re going to be in ‘cap hell’ for a year, that’s fine with me if we make the most of this window.


    The offense will survive without him, keep the D in tact.

  23. bojim Says:

    Right on.

  24. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Agreed, Rod Munch.

  25. BucHead Says:

    Why are y’all so close minded so y’all don’t think they can get all these guys back this year they can have all or most of all there Guaranteed money to hit next year when they have even more Cap space they have 30 million now an if you think Shaq or be CG or LVD are going anywhere you need to get checked if Bucs wanted they could sign all 3 to multi year deals an as long as the Money is Guaranteed who’s to say Bucs don’t have each of them only cost 5mill in 2021 an can make it to where they get Huge pay raises 2022 when cap should sky rocket an get back to normal to many ppl see 30 mill this year an think that there’s no way it’s just all in how JL an Mike Greenberg Structure the Contracts I mean already Cap

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    BucHead – I knew the Bucs had a lot of cap room next year, but when I saw the number I did a double take, it’s $148-million in cap space, and that’s before we know how much the cap will go up if they get a new deal. Some say the cap is going to ‘explode’ next year, not sure if that’s true, but if it goes up like $20-million over 2020, which is likely, that means the Bucs are at almost $170-million in cap space.

    They really can fit everyone in if they want to since they can shift so much money to next year or even 2023. To me, 2023 should be where you shift the money, but do so in a way that you can put it off to 2024 if Brady decides to stay even longer.

    Good teams make the cap do whatever they want, bad teams (and terrible GM/coaches like Jon Gruden and his lackey Bruce Allen) say they can’t win because of ‘cap hell’ – which is generally just a reason to dump players they don’t want (Lynch and Sapp in Gruden’s case).

  27. adam from ny Says:

    what if:

    CG gave up his number to TB before the season because he knew he was outta here after season’s end ???


  28. adam from ny Says:

    i can see him going home sorta, to like baltimore…

    if they have enough to afford him…

    they need a receiver to pair with their good tight end