“Hard To Imagine” Bucs Without Free Agent WR Godwin


After chatting with Jason Licht and Bruce Arians on the NFL Mix, one factor is kind of evident. The Bucs need free agent large receiver Chris Godwin again. Badly.

It’s not a assure that Godwin will re-sign with Tampa Bay, however all the pieces that the Bucs brass is saying makes you imagine that they are going to work to no finish to get a deal finished.

“Chris has meant the world to this group,” Licht stated. “To be fairly frank, it’d be arduous to think about shifting ahead with out Chris. We’ll see what we will do.”

Godwin has been distinctive for the Bucs in his 5 seasons. His breakout marketing campaign got here in 2019, when he earned second group All-Professional and his first Professional Bowl nomination. Godwin constructed on that marketing campaign with a stable 2020 season and a fantastic 2021. Final yr he posted 98 catches for 1,103 yards, 5 receiving touchdowns and a speeding landing in simply 14 video games.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Chris is so precious to what we do,” Arians stated. “Clearly we actually need him again.”

Arians additionally put Godwin in an organization with a few of the most proficient receivers he’s ever coached.

“I’ve solely had two earlier than (like Godwin),” Arians stated. “Hines Ward and Larry Fitzgerald. So I don’t actually wish to lose Chris. They’re arduous, arduous to search out. Reggie Wayne too. He’s the opposite one.”

Arians is referring to the distinctive function in his offense that Godwin performs. As a much bigger slot receiver, Godwin can deal with the duties of a blocker and as a receiver. He’s additionally a monster on manufactured touches within the fast passing video games, whereas additionally controlling the center of the sector.

Godwin solely appeared in 14 video games as a result of he tore his ACL towards the Saints late within the season. The damage has put his subsequent contract in jeopardy because of the uncertainty on how he’ll get well. However given the expertise we’ve at present, the Bucs have religion that he’ll bounce again very quickly.

“From what I hear, (he’s) about 45 p.c,” Arians stated. “He’s doing a little [rehab] on the facility and off-site. Figuring out Chris and the way in which he works…he had an excellent surgical procedure and people guys are coming again sooner and sooner now. I don’t suppose that’s going to be an issue in any respect.”

“From what I perceive, his rehab goes effectively,” Licht stated. “Typically you need to wager on the man. He’s been a particular participant for us. He’s actually overachieved in relation to the place he was drafted and the place we bought him. It’s arduous to think about a Buccaneers’ offense with out Chris Godwin. We might like to have him again. We’ll proceed to try to work in direction of that.”

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