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The Buccaneers brought back one of their favorite targets on a long-awaited extension.
Announced Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed wideout Chris Godwin to a three-year deal, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Godwin was given his second straight franchise tag at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Fans that witnessed Godwin’s impact on Brady and Byron Leftwich’s offense were generally optimistic about reaching a long-term deal.
Then, one event in the past week (possibly) sealed Godwin’s contract.
After Sunday’s league-shattering news that quarterback Tom Brady was coming out of retirement to play in his 23rd season, Tampa Bay was tasked with handing him a squad capable of running it back for a third season as the crème de la crème of the NFC — solely rivaled by the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers.
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht delivered: bringing back Godwin for a three-year, $60 million contract. The move was also a cap space relief.
An exceptional big-bodied receiver, Godwin has been one of the NFL’s most dependable targets when he’s not hindered by injury. Godwin was a second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 2019 and holds the franchise record for most catches in a game (15).
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