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Buccaneers Could Franchise Tag WR Chris Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide out Chris Godwin is coming off a solid 2020 season in which he helped the Bucs win the Super Bowl. He pulled in 65 passes for 840 yards and seven scores.

Godwin is set to become a free agent next month, and the Bucs have a tough decision to make on what type of offer they make to the receiver.

Tampa could keep Godwin by placing the franchise tag on him, but that’s not something that he wants.

“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,” Godwin said on NFL Network.

“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 in Tampa. I love what we have building, and I would love to stay.”

Godwin has 244 catches for 3540 yards and 24 scores in his first four seasons in the NFL.

Teams have until March 9th to determine whether they are going to designate franchise players. If they do, they then have till July 15th to work out an extension with players who sign their tag.

You can bet if Tom Brady says he’d like to have Godwin back, the team will do what they can to make it happen.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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