The deadline to tag anyone in the NFL is 4 PM EST today. Bucs Fans are eyeing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and what they will do with the franchise tag. There have been reports that the Bucs could use that tag on Chris Godwin or Carlton Davis, and they certainly can. But the reality of it all is that the Buccaneers would rather have a deal in place than use the tag on anyone. Using the tag takes an immediate chunk of cap space. The team has a lot of high-priority re-signs that they would like to get done. Tagging Chris Godwin would cost over $19 million and Carlton Davis just over $17 million.
The good news is that the Bucs and Godwin are closing in on a long-term deal, and the announcement could come down to the final ticks of the clock.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently working on a long term contract for receiver Chris Godwin. If a deal is not struck between the two sides by 4pm today, expect Tampa Bay to tag him for the second consecutive year, per sources.
One source "This could come down to the wire"
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If the Buccaneers and Godwin can get a deal in place before the deadline, then they could use the tag of Carlton Davis or whomever they wish, if that turns out to be necessary. The likelihood that a deal is put in place for both players is pretty good, so I would not expect a tag to be used today. However, Carlton Davis and the tag is something that was put into my ear, following Super Bowl LVI. If the tag is used today, then the Buccaneers will have the next 3 months to still reach an agreement with the tagged player. But for now, the news that Godwin and the Buccaneers are close is comforting. But it does make the next 6 or 7 hours, much more intriguing.