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Bucs Lock-Up AWJ - 4 years/$84.1M ($45M guaranteed)


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Good for him. Deserves every penny. This is big for us because it frees up an additional $10M in cap space for this year. 

Buccaneers signed S Antoine Winfield Jr. to a four-year, $84.1 million contract.

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As ESPN’s Adam Schefter points out, this is the first time a safety has received the honor of being the highest-paid defensive back in league history. Winfield, who was robbed of a Pro Bowl nod in 2023, was named a First-Team All-Pro last season after he totaled 122 tackles, six TFLs, six sacks, and three interceptions. He also led the league with six forced fumbles. A true do-it-all safety, the bill for Winfield came due early after he slipped to the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, meaning the Buccaneers were unable to exercise a fifth-year option on him. Shortly after the 2023 season ended, the Buccaneers franchise-tagged Winfield in hopes of getting a deal done with him later this offseason. He will be 26 at the start of this season and could be due for another sizeable payday if he outplays his new deal. This new deal includes $45 million in guaranteed money and lowers his 2024 cap number to about $7 million while freeing up roughly $10 million in cap space for the Bucs.

 

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One of the few players coming out of college I was praying was going to fall to us. Many other Bucs fans did not think he would of dropped to us in round 2, and when he did it was a no-brainer. 5 years later, we are here. There was no doubt we drafted a stud on draft day. Looking forward to keeping him a Buccaneer for life. 

 

Gold jacket bound if he keeps up the productivity. Just need him to continue to stay healthy 

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1 hour ago, kgarrett12486 said:

PFF graded him as the #1 safety in the NFL over the last (2) years combined. Pretty impressive. 

Glad he is getting the recognition he deserves. His best football is ahead of him and we're lucky to have him.

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