The Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ first season with Tom Brady resulted in a Super Bowl 55 win. However, the Buccaneers now have some critical questions to address over the offseason. With free agency around the corner, Chris Godwin just made some comments that will excite Brady and the Buccaneers.
Buccaneers hold busy offseason ahead
As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl 55 celebrations dwindle, the focus shifts over to the offseason.
The general manager Jason Licht and the front office are tasked with navigating through a crucial free agency process with several prominent players heading into the open market. The Buccaneers have Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, Lavonte David, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Ndamukong Suh, all needing new contracts.
Head coach Bruce Arians recently voiced that the franchise may retain five out of those six names. As the start of free agency nears, Godwin expressed some intriguing comments that should excite Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
Tom Brady should be thrilled by Chris Godwin’s comments about his NFL future
As the Buccaneers move through the offseason, star wide receiver Chris Godwin is near the top of the list of their free agency plans.
The Pro Bowler will hit the open market for the first time in his NFL career. During an interview on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, Godwin made some telling comments about his mindset regarding the process.
“I want to be here. I love the guys on the team,” Godwin said. “I think we got something special, but, at the same time, you got to consider all the possibilities out there and consider doing what’s best for you and your family. . . . The goal obviously is to get paid, right? But, at the same time, I’m not stupid. I’m not going to put myself in a situation where I’m going to be miserable for some years to come just for a couple extra dollars.
“I think my happiness is paramount in all of this and part of that happiness is winning.”
Unsurprisingly, there is a clear desire for him to return to the Buccaneers, especially after winning Super Bowl 55. Godwin dealt with nagging injuries throughout the year but put up substantial numbers across the board.
In 12 regular-season games, he recorded 65 catches for 840 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. Godwin stepped it up in the playoffs as one of Tom Brady’s primary options with 16 receptions for 232 receiving yards and a touchdown in four contests.
Godwin’s comments demonstrate a firm grasp of the Buccaneers’ situation dealing with limited salary-cap space. As long as Tampa Bay doesn’t disrespectfully undercut him with their contract offer, a return should likely be in the books.
What will happen next?
Chris Godwin’s individual 2020 season may not have unfolded how he hoped, but he certainly demonstrated his worth.
The question now becomes whether the Buccaneers will pay him near what his production warrants. Godwin quickly proved that he has strong chemistry with Tom Brady to continue to be a prominent fixture in their offensive scheme.
How Tampa Bay moves forward with the 24-year-old’s contract negotiations will likely shed light on what they plan to do with Antonio Brown. During the playoffs, reports surfaced that the Buccaneers desire to bring him back for at least another season.
Ultimately, time will tell if the Penn State product can get what he’s looking for from the Buccaneers.