Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Buccaneers and WR Chris Godwin are not expected to reach an agreement on a long-term extension by tomorrow’s deadline.
Rapoport adds that the Buccaneers clearly value Godwin as a core player and they will work to keep him long-term this coming offseason.
Rapoport also notes that the Buccaneers went through a similar situation with DE Shaq Barrett last year.
The two sides have until the end of business on Thursday to reach an agreement on an extension, otherwise, Godwin will play out the 2021 season on the franchise tag.
Godwin was franchise-tagged by the Buccaneers this offseason and has already signed the tender. This locks in Godwin’s 2021 salary at $15.983 million fully guaranteed.
Godwin also previously expressed an interest in staying with the Buccaneers. But ultimately, securing that major second contract is high up on his list of priorities.
Godwin, 25, is a former third-round pick by the Buccaneers in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Penn State. He played out the final year of his four-year, $3.2 million rookie contract and was in line to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NFL career when Tampa Bay used the franchise tag on him.
In 2020, Godwin appeared in 12 games for the Buccaneers and caught 65 passes for 840 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
We’ll have more on the Buccaneers and Godwin as the news is available.