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.

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Pete Wood
7 months ago

I think we should cut Barrett loose, but move heaven and earth to keep Godwin. David if the price is right.

7 months ago

sign Godwin and David. everyone else is replaceable. Also cut Donovan Smith loose

Mee Loopa
7 months ago

Suh will be gone, Fournette and Gronk, too. We can’t afford to keep Barrett.
I hope Barrett and Fournette will sign huge contract elsewhere so we could receive a compensation as high as 3rd round in 2022.
It’s important to keep our homegrown talent like Godwin and David – don’t make the same mistake we did with Lynch and Sapp – Godwin and David has to stay!

Reply to  Mee Loopa
7 months ago

I don’t see Gronk leaving. I see Brate being out before Gronk. Gronk will be back. I can see Fournette going for sure and Barrett. Also need to keep Succop.

7 months ago

Can’t forget Ryan Succop. He’s been a great signing. Got to keep him, David, and Godwin.

7 months ago

Godwin, David, and Succup are musts…Shaq and AB if the price is right.

7 months ago

Cap will be lower next year by 20+ million.

Bucs drafted Godwin’s replacement in Tyler Johnson. Bucs can’t spend $40 million on two WRs. Bucs might be able to keep Antonio Brown though.

Smith, Jensen, Gholston, Gronk, Brate, Suh, Barrett, Fournette, and McCoy all candidates for replacement.

7 months ago

We’ll keep Godwin and David. Barrett hasn’t shown anything this season honestly. Godwin also has been plagued with injuries so that as screwed up as it is will help us in the offseason with him. Anyways this cap situation is easily fixed. If we get to the playoffs extend Brady to keep the majority of the team intact. Brady did this exact thing in NE for 20 years. I personally believe they will keep Godwin, David, Gronk, and potentially Suh. Gronk won’t go anywhere as long as Brady is likewise with AB. I think AB even knows that if he… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by cptsora