Chris Godwin was being looked at as the belle of the free agent ball this offseason with the Buccaneers receiver on the verge of unrestricted status and free to sign with whichever club he liked. However, Tampa Bay was quick to ensure that its young pass-catcher wouldn't be leaving town anytime soon by placing the franchise tag on him and delaying his free agency for at least one more year. Now, Godwin is locked in with the Bucs for 2021 as they try to defend their Super Bowl title and become the first team since the 2003-04 Patriots to win back-to-back crowns.
Of course, Godwin's "free agency" couldn't even get off the ground but below you'll find a quick recap of the news and nuggets that ultimately led to him staying in Tampa, along with a scouting report of the player.
Scouting report on Godwin (pros and cons)
- Great hands
- Can play on the outside and in the slot
- Physical for his size
- Doesn't have explosive speed
- Hasn't played a full season since 2018
Free agent timeline
March 9: The Buccaneers prevented Godwin from hitting the open market by placing the franchise tag on the wide receiver prior to the deadline. This now ensures Godwin will be in Tampa Bay for the 2021 season and extends the club's exclusive negotiating window for a long-term deal all the way until the summer.
Feb. 23: During an appearance on the "Pat McAfee Show", Godwin was asked about his pending free agency. He noted that the Buccaneers are "heading in the right direction" following their Super Bowl title and wants to remain with the team. That said, he also noted that "at the same time you got to consider all the possibilities out there and consider doing what's best for you and your family." While Godwin wants to have the long-term security of a big deal, he also seemed open to playing under the tag, if that's the direction Tampa Bay decides to go.