Giant Contract Approaching For Carlton Davis

June 11th, 2021


When NFL agents come to the bargaining table, they love to be armed with numbers.

Especially when those numbers are ridiculously impressive.

Bucs No. 1 cornerback Carlton Davis has a few key numbers in his favor as he enters a contract year after being a second-round pick of Tampa Bay in 2018.

The first number is 25. That’s how old Davis will turn on December 31. He’s got youth and experience on his side.

Another number is the stat shown below, Twittered out by CBS Sports. Davis leads the NFL in pass breakups over the past two seasons. And Davis also has 37 or 40 passes defensed in that time (depending on which stat service you believe) and that ranks No. 1 in the NFL.

Retired Pro Bowl QB Aqib Talib says Carlton Davis will soon become a top-5 corner. Throughout last season, Bucco Bruce Arians was calling Davis either a top-10 or a top-5 cornerback when asked. And now Davis has a Super Bowl ring.

For those wondering, there are 10 cornerbacks across the league currently banking anywhere from $13.5 million to $20 million per season.

Joe can only imagine what Davis might command on the open market next season — in a passing league whose salary cap just made a huge jump.

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21 Responses to “Giant Contract Approaching For Carlton Davis”

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I was unaware he has the most pass breakups since 2019.
    Looks like he is gonna have quite the big payday!

  2. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    According to the coaches, Carlton Davis is a study room (game film) junkie. This has rubbed off to Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean.

  3. Medicated Pete Says:

    I believe Aqib Talib & if TB12 is still here, Franchise tag the CB if he’s still ascending.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Here is the problem:

    These 4th year players or 5th year that you want to keep… need to be able to give them a raise in their last year while they aren’t making much…..that is the easiest way to obtain a friendlier long-term deal…

    But….we spent all the money….last year and this year… has won us a SB and may get us a repeat…..but will cost us greatly going forward on players like Godwin, Davis & Vea….perhaps Whitehead…..Cappa.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    All of us Bucs’ fans better hope that the 2022 salary CAP goes up APPRECIABLY. Bucs will have a LOT of mouths to feed whose contracts will expire at the end of this season (IF we expect to keep them that is).

    Lots of FAs IOW, like Davis, Godwin, JPP, Suh, Gronk, Jensen, Cappa, Gholston, Fournette, RoJo, Bernard, Howard, Gabbert, Minter, Stinnie, etc. Good news is that with the guys currently under contract, we have a projected $23 mil to do all those contracts with. Fortunately the time for some creative financing isn’t now. We all need to just enjoy the ride NOW.

  6. zzbuc Says:

    I think CDIII is a good player, not a great one…..My only fear is when you start paying big numbers to everyone…….That´s not good and we as Bucs fans know it better than anyone in the league……
    Sure I wanna keep him, but not with a BIG contract……
    If he can make big money somewhere else…so be it….
    I would spend big money somewhere else, and trust me, we will need money on next years

  7. Tony Says:

    It wouldnt surprise me if Jones goes. Fournette & Bernard seem to be fitting in just fine & they just drafted Vaughn. Plus you never know with Jones. There are times he looks like he’ll be good & then he’ll just disappear. Can’t really blame it on the OL much anymore because they’ve gotten better. Still not sure on Donovan. I think I’d still consider letting him go though because the dude stinks.

  8. Admiral Redbeard Says:

    I would be more interested to know what his pass breakup to pass completion ratio is, especially compared to other players.

  9. DoooshLaRue Says:


    Careful talking smack about Durable Donnie!
    Lots of people on here have been fooled to believe he’s now a too tier LT and that we’re lucky to have him.
    I think he’s gone after this season and I also think an OL/DL rebuild will happen mostly thru the draft.
    We can’t afford to pay every body.

  10. TOM Says:

    I want to see Davis earn that big contract this year. Also this could be a make it or break it year for Vaughn. Didn’t look all that good last year. I really like Bernard a lot. Great 3rd down back. Did it all for Cincy.

  11. SOEbuc Says:


    Agreed about Smith. Guy is way overrated. As for Lenny and Bernard fitting right in, they’ll have to prove it. Lenny played like d!ck in the regular season and Bernard hasn’t been anywhere but Brady’s high schools and short wearing mini camp. Lenny still has something to prove to me this regular season. With the minimal amount of running they do, it’s so sad to say RoJo might be too expensive to keep around. Vea isn’t going anywhere. He’s maybe the best NT (when he’s healthy) in the NFL. This is a PROVE IT YEAR for everyone on this team to either get your dollars up in a contract year or good enough to remain on the team in 2022.

  12. Joe Says:

    Careful talking smack about Durable Donnie! … I think he’s gone after this season and I also think an OL/DL rebuild will happen mostly thru the draft.

    Joe fully understands you have a hard-on for Smith for some reason — because the PFF tribe said so? Unless Joe has been getting played for years — thus far, evidence demonstrates Joe isn’t 🤷‍♂️ — you may want to rethink when it comes to Donovan Smith. No sense in beating your head against the ball just because you can.

    Could easily see the Bucs drafting a center (not sure Hainsey is ready to take over for Jensen, but that’s not a closed door. He’s raw rookie. Jason Licht already said he didn’t target interior defensive linemen this past draft because the class was weak and that’s why he brought back all the interior linemen. So, yeah, could see a defensive line rebuild because guys are getting old and contracts are up soon.

  13. geno711 Says:

    Been a fan of D Smith. Very strong player for this team and certainly now a Super Bowl left tackle. Glad we had him and glad that Kansas City did not. I just wonder if the Super Bowl results might have been different if D Smith was on KC and we had Andrew Wiley starting for us.

    Could you imagine Tom Brady running from whoever Andrew Wiley was blocking for the Buc’s?

  14. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Ryan Jensen is the best center Bucs have had since Tony Mayberry- he won’t be replaced so easily- to me, the entire OLine is a priority to keep the next 4-5 years or you can kiss Trask’s future career goodbye.

  15. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I watch the games Joe.
    I watch Donnie.
    I frequently see lack of effort and focus.
    I never see him looking for the next guy, he’s one and done.
    I see him back peddling and not really blocking.
    I fear that his sporadic effort will be the end of TB’s career.

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    Whats the difference between “pass break up” and “pass defended”???

    I think those are just 2 ways of saying the same thing.

    I’ve been on Jason Licht’s bandwagon for years (check the jbf archives from 5+ years ago) – but I swear that aside from the Aguayo fiasco – drafting M J Stewart with Jaire Alexander just sitting there for the taking in the mid 2nd rd of the 2018 draft – has got to be the worst decision our excellent GM has ever made.

    Not sure why – but that terrible decision still just burns my a$$ to this day…..

    And that 2018 draft was amazing overall for the Buccaneers. It just could have been that much better picking Alexander instead of Stewart.

    LOTS of very hard personnel decisions to be made over the next 12-24 months.

    But THIS season is ALL that matters right now. Bucs are ALL IN on this 2021 season. And for good reason. We got the GOAT! – and the most talented team in the NFL. And we’re going for a 2nd straight Super Bowl win.

    Still feels like a dream almost…….. A wonderful dream.

  17. Jason Says:

    So does he 17 game schedule affect the TV contracts, and the salary cap?

  18. m0j0 Says:

    The Bucs are all about win now mode. We will deal with cap hell when it is upon us. If we can get two straight rings, then that is the ultimate goal. Of course you want to retain guys like Davis who are producing, but if you gotta replace him in the draft with a high pick, then that is what you gotta do. You can’t pay everyone.

  19. SOEbuc Says:


    If he wasn’t ready to play C he’s a nice guy to polish up at OG next year. Ali’s getting older every year (not noticeable) but it will happen at some point. This guys a beast and I trust in Licht at the moment in the draft. Joe Moore award for academics, play, and work off the field. Love to have you Ryan.

    Here’s a question for everyone. What would Don look like without Ali next to him? Of course Ali is going to be crazy huge help for anyone on the left side. But what if it was some above average LG? Guarantee it wouldn’t be pretty. Probably why they moved him there. One more year of Tristan on the right then rotate him to LT??? Continue to build a good young oline. Everything starts with the oline. Not gonna hate a OL with our 32 pick in the 2022.

  20. lambeau Says:

    Bucs need a top corner to take on WR 1’s– a free agent won’t be cheap. I think Carlton will command at least $13 M/yr and he’s worth it.

  21. SOEbuc Says:

    Again, depending what we see in the growth of the secondary this year, we should get a CB in the first three rounds. Prove me wrong Dean and SMB! LFG!