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‘Things are headed’ towards the Buccaneers tagging Chris Godwin

Tampa Bay will have both No. 1 receivers back for Tom Brady to throw to.

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The NFL’s free agency period kicks off March 17. And with just 15 days to go, it seems like we are starting to see a clearer picture on the direction the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking with their roster.

According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, the team seems to be heading in the direction of placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin which means a long-term deal would get done down the road.

They won’t let Godwin out of the building, whether that’s playing under a new contract or the franchise tag, which would cost them approximately $16.5 million. Sources close to the situation believe that’s where things are headed, and Godwin indicated he’d be OK playing under the tag, although the plan is to keep him in Tampa Bay long-term.

Heading into the tag period, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport stated that the expectation was the Bucs would be placing the franchise tag on Godwin. Per Laine, it seems like that is in fact the case.