We are already into the thick of the NFL offseason and that means free agency. Teams can’t contact free agents until March 15th, but news of the top players will circulate as we close in on that starting point. Dak Prescott, Allen Robinson, and Kenny Golladay are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 17th. One or more stands a good chance of signing a contract with their current team or being franchise tagged before then, but there is a chance one or more is taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 15th.
Below we will take a look at Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
2020 in review
Godwin had an incredible breakout season in 2019, as he caught 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns. Unfortunately, big changes to the team and injuries hurt his numbers in 2020. He ended up with 37 fewer targets and played in just 12 games on his way to 65 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns. Godwin is good and this season didn’t change minds to the contrary. If he were to hit the market, he’d be highly sought after.
The list of teams in play for a top tier wide receiver not yet in his prime will be long. The odds are against Godwin leaving Tampa Bay, but if he did, he would likely be the No. 1 receiver wherever he went. Overall, the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Washington Football Team, Chicago Bears,Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Las Vegas Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals are just a handful of teams in need of a top receiver.
Do the Buccaneers want to keep him?
The Bucs appear set to either sign Godwin or give him the franchise tag, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Unless things change, it appears Godwin will try to help the Bucs get back-to-back Super Bowl wins and likely have a better chance to put up numbers with a team even more in synch with Tom Brady at the helm.
Godwin should stick with Tampa Bay, and the offense will still be a good one for fantasy. Antonio Brown’s status is the one to watch though. He is also a free agent and could be moving on, but if he ends up staying, it will make it tougher for Godwin to see top usage.