Chris Godwin: Biggest threats to steal star WR from the BuccaneersFebruary 12, 2021
First and foremost, any decisions in free agency come down to Chris Godwin and Chris Godwin alone. Suppose he decides to stay with the Buccaneers, great. Pay the man. If Tampa Bay can’t afford to keep one of the best wide receivers in the NFL who has a substantial market and he decides to leave, Bucs fans should wish Godwin nothing but the best.
Godwin will likely focus on celebrating with his family, friends, and teammates for the next month or so, as he should. He is a world champion. But when the dust settles and a decision needs to be made, Godwin will have to get real with himself.
With a ring on his hand, Godwin’s opportunities are almost limitless. All 31 other teams in the league should be interested in adding the star receiver, and the payday from the resulting bidding war could be massive.
If Godwin chooses to stay in Tampa, he needs to realize that his contract will undoubtedly be lower than it could be with another team. The Bucs have a ton of cap space, but signing Barrett and Godwin would eat up most of it. Godwin could have to settle for something below his value if he wants to stay in Tampa, but the choice is his.
On the other hand, Godwin could fairly decide that after winning a ring in Tampa and being one of the best receivers in the NFL when healthy, he deserves a massive payday. Choosing to leave Tampa could be one of the best financial moves of Godwin’s career. Godwin stands to gain almost double what he could earn with the Buccaneers outside of Tampa, and the list of potential suitors is deep.