The Buccaneers and Carlton Davis both need him to have a massive 2021 season.
A starting corner is one of the most important positions to address for any team in the NFL, and the Buccaneers found a perfect fit with Carlton Davis. Davis was one of the best man corners in the NFL last season on a stellar defense, and a repeat of that success will be beneficial to everyone.
The Bucs have to continue on their recent string of defensive success if they hope to keep their spot at the top of the league. They were able to put it all together at the end of the season, but the defense was the shakiest part.
Davis was rarely the issue in the secondary, and his ability to shadow the top receiver on the opposing team has the ability to elevate the rest of the defense. Davis has consistently gone up against some of the best names in the league and found success, and the NFC South circuit ensures that he is always on top of his game.
As for Davis himself, he is currently playing for a contract during a year where the cap space is both shrinking and expanding. The Buccaneers kicked the can down the road on Chris Godwin, so he is a name that the fans will want to see alongside a massive payday. The cap space across the league is expanding for everyone, but the Bucs have several other big names in addition to Godwin that will require large contracts also.
There is an argument to make that Davis would be the number one player to bring back based on positional need, but he needs to maintain his current level of play to earn that payday.
Davis is in a perfect position to make himself into a legend across the league and reap the rewards associated with that status, but 2021 has to build upon a successful 2020 campaign.
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