Buccaneers Would Consider Using Franchise Tag on DB Davis


The Buccaneers must make some critical decisions this offseason, beginning with the franchise tag. While Jason Licht stated that Chris Godwin could be a possibility for the franchise tag, the team is optimistic that they will be able to maintain the wide receiver on a long-term contract.

When he’s healthy, Carlton Davis has been one of the league’s best cornerbacks. In his four years as in Tampa, he has yet to play a full season. Davis played just 10 games last season due to his quad injury. But when he’s healthy, head coach Bruce Arians has dubbed him a top ten player at the position, and he reaffirmed those sentiments at the NFL Combine on Monday. Per J.C. Allen from Pewter Report, “When he plays 16 games,” Arians stated, “That’s been his only hold up because of his injuries. When he’s out there, he’s a hell of a player.”

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht added, “All options are on the table. He’s a very good player. We’ve drafted a lot of corners over the years, and he’s been a very good player – when he’s been healthy.”

If the franchise tag is applied to him, his salary in 2022 will be $17.295 million per season. That’s slightly less than Spotrac market value for Davis of $19.6 million per season.

The Buccaneers have to make a choice of using the tag on Davis or hopefully work out a long-term deal to save a bit of money.

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