The Buccaneers have to offer Carlton Davis an extension sooner than later
Carlton Davis earned an extension months ago. Davis has been so good for the Buccaneers that he is not far off from becoming one of the most expensive corners in the league, so acting sooner rather than later will save the Bucs financially in the long run.
With 37 passes defended and five interceptions over the past two seasons, Davis has been one of the most productive corners in the NFL against some of the best receivers. Sure, there were games like the one against Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs that naysayers will point to, but there are plenty of instances where Davis proves his status as a top-10 corner easily.
Any corner that goes up against the likes of Hill, Davante Adams, Michael Thomas, and Julio Jones in a season will have their work cut out for them, but Davis was still able to produce, even as the secondary was finding its footing.
As infallible as Todd Bowles may seem, he struggled at times in the regular season, like in the first Chiefs game, by leaving Davis on an island against faster receivers. Davis has the talent to press almost anyone in the league, but he doesn’t have the straight-line speed to do this against the likes of Hill, but very few players do anyway.
When the game plan sets him up for success, Carlton Davis can be one of the best corners in the NFL, and the Bucs don’t want to let him add legitimacy to this claim from a contract standpoint with a stellar training camp.
There isn’t anything more for Davis to prove, pay the man and secure a future with the first dominant corner in Tampa in almost a decade.