‘Would Love to Stay’- Chris Godwin Open to Play on Buccaneers Franchise Tag in 2021

Published 02/28/2021, 11:52 AM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) scores a touchdown as Washington Football Team cornerback Ronald Darby (23) defends during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports


Bruce Arians-coached Tampa Bay Buccaneers made their way to a comfortable 9-31 win over Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month. The NFC South franchise thrived in 2020 following the arrival of 43-year-old veteran Tom Brady last January. They finished the regular season with an 11-5 record.

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There were a number of strong individual displays from various players on the Buccaneers roster en route to their Super Bowl LV win. The likes of Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, Leonard Fournette, Scotty Miller, Devin White, and of course, Tom Brady, grabbed headlines for their performances in 2020. Another player who impressed was experienced wide receiver, Chris Godwin.

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Chris Godwin doesn’t have plans on quitting Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021

25-year-old Chris Godwin has been with Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 2017. He finished last year with 1,333 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. But he is a free agent heading into the 2021 NFL season.

Despite stalling for a big-money extension, Godwin is not too keen on leaving the high-flying Buccs this summer. In a recent interview with MJ Acosta of NFL Total Access, Godwin said he was open to playing on a franchise tag in 2021.

“Yeah, I mean, the way I look at it, similar to like a lot of guys. Obviously, we all want to have long-term security, we all want to be able to take care of the people that we love So, that’s the ideal situation.”

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Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) is congratulated by running back Leonard Fournette (28) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“But, you know, a franchise tag is not something that I can control. If that’s what keeps me here, then that’s what it is. And I’ll play on it and go back to war with my guys. Like I said, I love it here in Tampa, I love what we are building and I would love to stay,” Godwin said on the show.

Godwin was a third-round pick (84th overall) by the Buccaneers in the 2017 NFL Draft. His four-year rookie deal worth $3,284,164 came to an end this year. The Bucs will need to shed out big bucks in order to hold on to their prized asset, at least for another year.

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