When the free company tampering interval opens on March 14, all eyes shall be on Bucs WR Chris Godwin. The star pass-catcher is about to hit the marketplace for the primary time, and he must be in excessive demand. In accordance with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Godwin is making a powerful restoration from his torn ACL. Fowler additionally reviews that the Bucs large receiver is “excited” to hit the free agent market this summer time.
“As for the place he performs subsequent yr, Godwin definitely isn’t ruling out a return to the Bucs. They’ll be within the combine. However he’s additionally enthusiastic about his first foray into the open market. Quarterback play shall be necessary, however not the one issue. Sources mentioned the Bucs see Godwin as a cornerstone and wish to discover a technique to re-sign him.”
There was rampant hypothesis that Godwin shall be much less inclined to check in Tampa Bay following Tom Brady’s retirement. As Fowler signifies right here, I’m undecided that may be the case. Clearly quarterback play issues, however even when Brady returned there was no assure he’d play past 2022. Godwin is 25 years outdated and is prone to signal a 4-5 yr contract this offseason. He’s not going to make that dedication for possibly yet another yr with Brady.
As an alternative, Godwin will have a look at the perfect affords and weigh that towards his affinity for Tampa Bay. If the Bucs match or high the perfect supply, I imagine he’ll keep in Tampa Bay. But when the Bucs aren’t prepared to pay market worth for a particularly precious participant, Godwin may stroll. Nevertheless, I believe the Bucs shall be aggressive to retain such a vital participant. Professional Soccer Focus tasks Godwin’s subsequent contract at 4 years, $70 million.
As Fowler reviews, it does appear possible Godwin will hit the market. If he hadn’t torn his ACL in December, I believe the Bucs would have locked him up already. However now Tampa Bay is likely to be prepared to attend and see if the damage will drive down Godwin’s worth in free company. Keep in mind, final yr’s large receiver market was disappointing for fairly a number of huge names. So don’t count on a lot motion earlier than March 14.