The Bucs have huge decisions to make.
Arguably the best player on the defense and the offense will hit free agency unless the Bucs can work out a deal with Lavonte David and Chris Godwin during the 2020 season, which would be ideal as neither of them should be allowed to hit the open market in 2021.
This year Lavonte David, the captain and spark plug of this defense, will make $10.75 million in the final year of his 5-year $50.25 million contract. Re-signing him shouldn’t be too difficult. Not only is he a fan favorite and is loved by his coaches, but he is also the longest tendered Buc (2012) sitting between Demar Dotson (2009) and Will Gholston (2013), so it’s more than likely that he would want to remain with the team for the rest of the foreseeable future.
The biggest question will be: Can the Bucs find a way to afford another long term contract in the $10-15 million per season range? Lavonte David is a valuable asset to this football team and with the fact that he is aging like fine wine and gets better every year despite his being an 8-year veteran. There is no doubt that the Buccaneers will do everything that they can to give David as much money as possible.
The harder of the two to predict is WR Chris Godwin.
When Chris Godwin was selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, no one had any clue as to how good he would become when he signed his 4-year $3,284,164 rookie contract, however, during his first season, he caught 34 of his 55 targets for 525 yards and 1 touchdown — That sole touchdown came in the final game of the season against the Saints at Raymond James Stadium, thwarting the Saints playoff position rise and knocking them out of the #3 seed to #4.
Godwin means business and deserves a big contract.
In 2019 Godwin made just $677,000, but he also had a breakout season. He was targeted 121 times, catching the ball 86 times for 1,333 yards and 9 touchdowns, putting the Buccaneers and the rest of the league on notice. Now that he has established himself as a top tier wide receiver, he’s going to look for big money, and we’re already paying for Mike Evans. Buccaneers General Manager, Jason Licht will definitely have his hands full with the task of moving money around, so the team can have this young stud receiver stay on the roster. I am sure he will be high on the priority list.