Chris Godwin would prefer to stay in Tampa and would prefer a long-term contract. You may not get both.
The Buccaneers want to keep Godwin.
The best way for the Bucs to keep the catcher is to apply the franchise tag.
“Yeah, I mean, the way I see him, similar to a lot of guys,” Godwin told NFL Media’s MJ Acosta. “Obviously, we all want to have long-term security; We all want to be able to take care of the people we love. So that’s the ideal situation. But, you know, a franchise tag is not something you can control. If that’s what keeps me here, then that’s what it is. And I’ll play and go back to war with my boys. Like I said, I love being here in Tampa. I love what we are building and would love to stay. “
Teams have until March 9 to designate franchise players. The Bucs marked pass rusher Shaquil Barrett last year and could mark him again this year.
Godwin, a 2019 third-round pick, vowed Wednesday not to put himself in a miserable situation for a few extra dollars. Still, if the Bucs don’t tag him, Godwin could make more money elsewhere.
Godwin, 25, made $ 4.65 million on his rookie contract. The franchise tag for recipients is $ 16.4 million by 2021.