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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed their franchise mark on veteranwide receiver Chris Godwin on Tuesday, the team announced.
A long-term deal with Tampa Bay may be signed before Monday’s legal manipulation period begins, but no contract will be signed by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, a source said. As such, he will receive $ 19.18 million. The two sides had been working on getting a new contract for the past 24 hours, sources said.
Godwin is being tagged for the second year in a row, which is why he is not receiving the standard $ 18,419 million for the recipient position. He was tagged for $ 15.98 million last year, and NFL rules require a player tagged for the second year in a row to receive a 120% increase in his salary from the previous year.
Godwin suffered a torn ACL in the Buccaneers’ Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints, ending his season. Even with the injury, I ended the season with a team-leading 1,103 receiving yards and 98 receptions.
Godwin, who turned 26 in February, underwent off-season surgery to repair the injury, and coach Bruce Arians said at the NFL combination that Godwin is about 40% healed from his injury and that he is not worried about his ability to to come back.
“Knowing Chris and the way he works – he had good surgery and those guys are coming back faster and faster now – I do not think it’s going to be a problem at all,” Arians said.
Last year, the Bucs could not reach agreement on a new contract with Godwin, instead placing the $ 16 million franchise brand on him. Over the last three seasons, Godwin has notched 3,276 receiving yards – the eighth most in the league in that time – while his 249 catches are number 10 and his 21 touchdowns 12.
He has 342 receptions on 4,643 yards and 29 touchdowns in five seasons.