For months now, Scott Reynolds and yours truly of PewterReport.com have reported not to worry about Chris Godwin’s free agency. Both of us are strongly convinced the former third round pick will remain in Tampa Bay this spring. Now, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler is reporting similar news. According to Fowler, the Bucs have “high interest” in re-signing Godwin despite his torn ACL.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has made it clear that Godwin is one of the team’s most valuable players. The perfect slot receiver in Arians’ scheme, Godwin’s well-rounded skill set has blossomed in Tampa Bay. Despite a Week 15 season-ending knee injury, the early reports on Godwin’s recovery are positive. Fowler reports the injury could impact his free agent market, but not by much.

Interestingly, Fowler writes, “[The Bucs] consider [Godwin] the Lavonte David of their offense. The tough and physical player who sets a tone and embodies team culture”. That’s an accurate description of Godwin’s game, and shows how much the team thinks of him. I’ve been told by several sources that Godwin loves Tampa Bay and desires to stay. The mutual affinity should allow both sides to work out a strong long-term deal.

Last year, Godwin posted 98 catches for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in just over 13 games of action. He led the team in catches and yards despite missing the final three games of the season. Godwin has dealt with some nagging injuries in the past, but this was his first year suffering a significant injury. Expect to see Godwin back in red and pewter alongside Mike Evans this fall.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Buc-Up
Buc-Up
5 months ago

If he comes back and TB retires, does he go back to his old #12 or do the Bucs keep it reserved in case TB changes his mind and returns during the season for another Super Bowl run.

WVBuc
WVBuc
Reply to  Buc-Up
5 months ago

If Godwin wants 12 and takes it, it’s his…if for no other reason than imagine the uniform sales if Brady were to show up wearing any number not 12.

Bucc My Life
Bucc My Life
5 months ago

*Breaking* Bucs place high value on quality players. Arians states having several on the team a “priority”

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Bucc My Life
5 months ago

Funny.

Spitfire
Spitfire
5 months ago

Priority Number 1 is Godwin. Then getting Brady by proving he will be a part of a winning team. Bucs need to resign priorities, bring in important FAs and not be scared to cut ties with dead weight like Howard and Brate and Jones (as sad as that is to say. We need to clean out the dead weight and refill our depth with talent so that Brady or not (or life after Brady) is more about finding a replacement signal caller instead of a whole rebuild.

WVBuc
WVBuc
5 months ago

I opened this expecting a nothing to see here article anticipating Ledyard may even write to that affect. Surprisingly, this did add to the foregone conclusion the Bucs would set Godwin has a top priority. I’m glad I read the article before trying to make a post busting humor at the necessity for it to be published.

While it seems obvious after the fact, the comparison the front office has communicated between LD and CG hadn’t been a thing in my mind. It’s easy to see despite the ten to five disparity in seasons played.

Last edited 5 months ago by WVBuc
Captain Sly
Captain Sly
5 months ago

The Bucs “having high interest” & Chris Godwin “loving the area” all sounds good but let’s get down to brass tacks $$$$. Reports have estimated $20mil plus which I highly doubt Bucs are willing to entertain. Remember they couldn’t get a deal done last year and guess what his #’s this year are better. So let’s cut out all the Fluff Pieces and get to the Meat.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Captain Sly
5 months ago

If the Bucs can’t sign Godwin because he has a better offer elsewhere, Don’t we get an extra draft pick? I’m saying this because I’m more inclined to not go down the same road we did the year after the Super Bowl because of cap issues. I don’t want to go another 20 years of most crappy teams. Yes the Super Bowl is great, but so is having teams get into the Play Offs more often.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
Reply to  Horse
5 months ago

Yes, a compensatory pick in 2023’ draft which doesn’t help. Bucs need to explore less expensive WR options in my opinion.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
Reply to  Captain Sly
5 months ago

Personally I think at $20mil Licht will be looking in FA or to draft CG’s replacement. Setting all sentimental value aside where do you put his value? D Hopkins $27mil nope, after that it’s Amari Cooper – Keenan Allen – Tyreek Hill $18mil nope nope nope. What about Tyler Lockett or Cooper Kuup $15mil – Stephone Diggs $14mil not happening! If Licht is really looking at spending big $$ for a true WR1 Devante Adams or even Deebo Samuels are more productive.

surferdudes
surferdudes
5 months ago

Going to be hard paying two receivers #1 money. Big FA class, and a good draft for receivers. Add to the fact we don’t even know when he’ll be able to play. He’s perfect for Arains system, but Arains won’t be coach past next season.

fredster
fredster
Reply to  surferdudes
5 months ago

Odds of getting a WR better than Godwin or even anyone near as good are slim to none. Especially when consider was 3rd pick. You would be lucky to find one in first rd better imo and stupid to not make signing him back a must. Don’t care how long Arians is here he’s a must sign!

Last edited 5 months ago by fredster
Captain Sly
Captain Sly
5 months ago

If Brady retires it counts $41mil against the cap so our Off-season Battle Plan has to reflect. Priority List with Vea already signed should be #1 Jordan Whitehead & #2 Carlton Davis, #3 Ndamukon Suh. Defense Defense Defense

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
5 months ago

File this post under “Duh!”

“And in other news, surprisingly, the sun rose in the east this morning!”

The front office management team under Licht has done a great job managing the salary cap for many years now, and I doubt very much that Godwin wants to leave the Bucs. This will get done, no worries.

bucballer
bucballer
5 months ago

Bet here is Godwin resigns here, because he likes it here, at a lower amount then had he not gotten injured but a high enough amount that will give him financial independence for sure. I mean if u like it someplace and ur family likes it there, then that and the injury r worth a small hometown discount.

bucballer
bucballer
5 months ago

Brady Retiring from NFL! Wow!

seat26
seat26
5 months ago

High Interest? He is our best receiver and Evans is not getting any younger. Signing him is a must. If they don’t, and Brady goes, we will be spending all our draft picks on offense and that is not an option.

theman101
theman101
5 months ago

News report: bears DO shit in the woods…