The Bucs are all in this season to win a Super Bowl. At a 7-4 record with a very manageable schedule following the Chiefs game, it’s quite likely that Tampa Bay will have a shot to reach their goal.
At this point of the season in previous years, we could find ourselves paying attention to what’s coming up next, whether it be free agency or the draft. Luckily, that’s not the case for the Bucs now, but for those who can’t shake old habits, the Bucs do have some tough potential future decisions to make regarding their roster, which Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds addressed in a Fab 5 not too long ago.
Even before signing free agents, the Bucs will have a lot of important choices to make on players currently on their roster, who are crucial to this team’s success.
Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic recently came out with a list of the top 50 pending free agents in 2021, and three Bucs made the list. Linebacker Lavonte David came in ranked at 25th, outside linebacker Shaq Barrett was at 13, and wide receiver Chris Godwin led the way at second overall among all the NFL free agents. Here’s what Kapadia had to say about Godwin.
“Teams in need of help at wide receiver are in luck. This free-agent class is loaded with them. Their order will vary depending on what organizations are looking for, but given that Godwin will be just 25 at the start of next season, he has a strong case to be the highest-paid wide receiver in the group. Godwin is a complete player who can win at all levels. He was prolific last season with 86 catches for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns. Godwin has battled some injuries this season but still had 412 receiving yards through 10 weeks. He’s likely to find a monster deal if he hits free agency.”
Other Bucs that were mentioned, but not in the top 50 included, Leonard Fournette, Rob Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh. With the league’s next season starting on March 17th, Jason Licht will be a busy man trying to shape the Bucs for the future.
You can read Kapadia’s review for each player here.