The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have applied the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin, the team announced Tuesday.
Godwin and the Buccaneers were reportedly working on a long-term deal, but the two sides could not come together by Tuesday’s 4 pm deadline, which meant the Bucs had to tag Godwin.
The five-year veteran was tagged by Tampa Bay for the second straight season and will make $19.18 million next season. The two sides have until July 15 to come together on a new contract.
In 2021, the 26-year-old Godwin, who tore his ACL in Week 15, led Tampa Bay with a career-high 98 receptions and 1,103 receiving yards to go along with his five receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He ranked third in the NFL among qualified players in receptions per game (7.0) and seventh in receiving yards per game (78.8).
Godwin has started 47-of-72 games in which he has appeared for Tampa Bay since entering the league as a third-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.