Report: Bucs “Expected” To Tag Chris Godwin

March 7th, 2022

Second tag coming?

This just seems like a strange move to Joe, though the immediate result is welcome.

Tyler Dragon, an NFL writer for USA Today, provided word via Twitter that Bucs stud receiver Chris Godwin isn’t going anywhere this offseason.

Well, Joe sure hopes that Godwin is tagged before the deadline (4 p.m. Tuesday). After the deadline, it might be too late.

This just seems strange to Joe. If you want to play games, the Bucs could take O.J. Howard’s salary and add that to Godwin’s salary for 2021. That seems to be quite enough to land Godwin. So now Godwin will be paid 120 percent of his 2021 salary if indeed the Bucs tag him for the second-straight year and he accepts that contract.

Joe seemed to think the Bucs had enough cash to outright pay Godwin, especially since he is coming off knee surgery, and then use the franchise tag on center Ryan Jensen.

Joe remembers Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht said last year the reason he didn’t tag Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett was that he thought he had a greater chance of losing Godwin than Shaq.

Perhaps Licht thinks he has a better chance of signing Jensen than he does Godwin, therefore (if this report is true) Licht plans to tag Godwin?

32 Responses to “Report: Bucs “Expected” To Tag Chris Godwin”

  1. Marine Buc Says:

    I would like to know what the source is for this report…

    ESPN is full of knucklehead talking heads who spew non-stop BS without doing even the minimum amount of research.

    If Walt Disney is the source it is NOT valid. Who in their right mind would trust anything Walt Disney says these days?

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Strange? How about downright dumb.

    Franchise tagging any player for 1 year is of dubious value. Franchise tagging them TWICE? That borders on being downright dumb.

    If you’re willing to pay Godwin $19.2 mil by franchise tagging him a 2nd time, why on God’s green earth wouldn’t we work out a long term deal with him? Are the Bucs so naive as to belief that he’s the missing piece to us winning the SB in 2022? All we’ll succeed in doing is pissing Chris off unnecessarily, eating his entire salary as a CAP hit in 2022, and screwing up any ‘reloading’ that we MIGHT have managed. Dumber than dirt.

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Maybe they have franchise him because there is no market set yet because free agency hasn’t started yet. Kinda like chicken and egg. But there should be some way to sign him to a long term deal and leave the tag for someone else.

  4. Joe Says:

    why on God’s green earth wouldn’t we work out a long term deal with him?

    Can’t force a guy to sign a contract.

  5. Joe Says:

    ESPN is full of knucklehead talking heads who spew non-stop BS without doing even the minimum amount of research.

    Dragon doesn’t work for BSPN.

  6. Proud Bucs Fan Says:

    If true, hope the Godwin immediately signs it, then takes the first half of the season to totally rehab his knee until it is 100% healed.

  7. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Wow, I just read somewhere that we were working on a long term deal for Chris, and now this ?

  8. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I can see the logic.
    As much as I like CG, he does get banged up a lot.
    Is it his fault?
    I don’t think so, but the reality is he misses quite a few games.
    If he’s tagged and stays healthy next year then he gets a contract.
    If not, he’s free.

  9. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Most of you need to take a breath. IF they ended up tagging him-that doesn’t mean they’re going to play him on the tag. It just means they’re guaranteeing he doesn’t hit the FA market and we risk losing him. Teams still have a few months to negotiate a long term deal before the season starts even with a player who they’ve tagged. Bucs are essentially hedging their bets and ensuring they don’t risk losing Chris. He’s the one FA we can’t lose but I am annoyed we couldn’t get the contract worked out so we could use the tag on Carlton Davis instead.

  10. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Joe

    I realize that but wasn’t ESPN the ones who were saying it was a 90% probability a few days ago?

    Either way this is a very stupid move by the Bucs front office… I hope the rumor is not true and we sign Godwin to the 5 year deal he deserves.

  11. Letsbuccinggo Says:

    Then they can franchise him next year for 23 mil. Godwin is a shrewd operator. Then after the third tag hes a free man. Or when you tag a player is that guaranteed money? If not maybe thats whats up his sleeve.

  12. Buczilla Says:

    F. Either our front office has all of a sudden become incompetent, or Chris is asking for more than he’s worth. Chris is injury prone, currently broken, and worth somewhere south of 20 per year. Unless we are seriously low balling (highly unlikely due to past trends) him, I put all of this nonsense on Chris. If Licht isn’t trying to screw Chris, than Cnris is currently screwing the team and us with his greed. Let this dude hit free agency and we can draft another wide receiver. I’m for players getting what they can, but when it hurts the team and its fans, than to hell with the player.

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    More Liar’s Poker.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Proud Bucs Fan…you’re not very bright are you?

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Maybe we are tagging to keep from FA to buy time to work out a deal.

    I don’t think tagging him is a good idea….especially if he refuses a long term deal a second time…..does he want to be a Buc or not…..

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  16. T REX Says:

    He didnt want the tag last year

    Licht is trash again…

  17. Posey99 Says:

    You really don’t know who Chris Godwin is until he comes back from his MAJOR injury. Will he still be able to make all the cuts and have his same speed. I think this is smart.

  18. HC Grover Says:

    Pathetic and desperate. The desperados take the field. I hope that folks can see what is coming.

  19. Captain Oblivious Says:

    CG14 is waiting for TB12 to recruit him for the 49ers:)

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe … ‘Can’t force a guy to sign a contract.’

    Totally agree Joe. And MAYBE, just MAYBE, Godwin wants to move on. And if that’s the case, Bucs would be well-advised to let him.

    The franchise tag screwed him last year. Yes he made $15 or so mil, and that’s not chump change. BUT … last year, coming off a SB year AND healthy, was the year for him to sign a great long-term contract. It’s not hard to assume that the Bucs weren’t offering him what he felt he was worth & instead they played the franchise tag card. Now with the Bucs’ rebuilding (oops, sorry, the ‘reloading’) it’s equally easy to assume that Chris would prefer to move on to greener pastures. We’d be wise to let him rather than franchise-tag him AGAIN.

  21. Buc50 Says:

    It’s like people didn’t watch our offense once CG went down. He is a huge reason we didn’t beat the Rams and now people think keeping a CB is the smarter move.

  22. Mike pizzoli Says:

    I don’t know how many times I must say this but you absolutely cannot take oj Howards salary from last year and use it for this year. Joe insists on repeating this and it’s just not how it works

  23. Eric Says:

    just means our best receiver tandem in the league will be here next season. Perrhaps Licht wants to see how he comes off the injury?

    Now on to getting someone to throw him the rock. The small detail of mitigating the loss of the GOAT.

  24. SlyPirate Says:


    Godwin will sit out and “recover” until he gets a multi-year contract.

    He won’t risk another injury on a one-year deal.

    The Bucs should either sign him or let him explore the market.

  25. David Says:

    I don’t get that either. They should lock him up to a six-year deal, spread it out and tag Jensen

  26. Defense Rules Says:

    Mike Pizzoli … ‘I don’t know how many times I must say this …’

    LMAO Mike. Sometimes edumication just doesn’t take.

  27. BigMacAttack Says:

    Tag Godwin and trade him for 2 – 1’st round picks

  28. Aaron Says:

    off topic but Calvin Ridley suspended indefinitely for betting on games. Ridley will be eligible to apply for reinstatement on February 15, 2023. WOW

  29. JimmyJack Says:

    Players hate getting franchised twice and it probably why Licht has never done it. If there ever was a time to use it twice it is now to keep a stud like Godwin.

    But you know they wanted to avoud that with Chis. The only reason I could think of that they did use it again is Chris wants more they they are offering.

    Just gotta hope the Bucs werent hoping to use that tag on somebody else. Hate to lose another player because of a contract disagreement is costing us the ability to tag soneone like Carlton, or maybe Jensen like Joe mentioned.

  30. Ash Says:

    Wow i think it’s a dumb move had all year to work out a deal and they are going to tag him and remove the ability to tag Davis they really didn’t want to call it a rebuild but it’s looking something like it now.

  31. Posey99 Says:

    People calling it a stupid move wanting to sign a guy long term that just destroyed his knee.. smh

  32. FortMyersDave Says:

    @ Aaron: yeah looks like the Falcons are going to be a little thin at WR this year. The downside is that the ATL will have $11 million or so more in cap space as Ridley’s contract is just rolled back 1 year. I wonder how he got caught gambling? Anyhow, I guess a lot of people are not treating his suspension as big news since he only played 5 or 6 games last year and the ATL might be a 3-14 team next year getting ready for a total rebuild which is another reason why I think the Bucs still have a window next year to make some noise if they do not lose too many players when the FA dinner bell rings and they get someone better than Gabbert under center next year.