NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Falcons, Saints


Buccaneers’ WR Chris Godwin isn’t worried about the possibility of having to play this season on the franchise tag.

“Yeah, I mean, the way I look at it, similar to like a lot of guys,” Godwin told MJ Acosta of NFL Media. “Obviously, we all want to have long-term security; we all want to be able to take care of the people that we love. So that’s the ideal situation. But, you know, a franchise tag is not something that I can control. If that’s what keeps me here, then that’s what it is. And I’ll play on it and go back to war with my guys. As I said, I love it here in Tampa. I love what we have built, and I would love to stay.”


Tori McElhaney of The Athletic takes a look at three ways the Falcons can work around their current salary cap situation aside from parting ways with Matt Ryan or Julio Jones. 

  • McElhaney names G James Carpenter and DT Tyeler Davison as possible cap casualties to create $6.451 million. However, Falcons DT Marlon Davidson struggling as a rookie could result in Atlanta holding onto Davison. 
  • McElhaney believes restructuring DT Grady Jarrett‘s contract from his $20.833 million cap number should be the Falcons’ “top priority.” She also lists OT Jake Matthews, OLB Deion Jones, and OLB Dante Fowler as other restructure candidates. 
  • McElhaney expects the Falcons to sign several free-agents to one-year deals in order to sign more depth for 2021 and not overload their salary cap in 2022 and 2023.


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