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Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chris Godwin unlikely to agree to contract extension

The deadline for franchise-tagged NFL players to sign extensions is Thursday. Much like others in the same boat, it looks like Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Chris Godwin will not agree to an extension.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport noted on Wednesday that the two sides are “not expected” to reach a long-term deal.

Godwin, 25, is now expected to play under the $15.983 million franchise tag tender with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021 before presumably hitting free agency next March.

But as Rapoport noted in his report, the defending champs will work to keep Godwin long-term once the 2021 NFL season comes to a conclusion.

A third-round pick of the Buccaneers out of Penn State back in 2017, Godwin is averaging 70 receptions for over 1,000 yards over the past three seasons. He’s seen as one of the better young receivers in the game and immediately found a great connection with Tom Brady last season.

Even with Godwin not signing an extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they remain in a great position heading into the 2021 campaign. The Bucs are the first defending champion in the Super Bowl era to return all 22 starters.

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