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Speculation Surrounding Super Bowl WR and Massive Patriot Payday Surfaces

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are gearing up for Super Bowl LV. His former team, the New England Patriots, are not. There could be a little revenge from Bill Belichick made in the offseason, though.

Earlier this week, Bill Barnwell with ESPN had an interesting piece predicting the landing spots for this year’s crop of free agent wide receivers. What better way to get back at Brady for his 2020 run than stealing away one of his top pass-catching options?

Barnwell predicted the Patriots will sign upcoming free agent Chris Godwin to a four-year, $78 million contract. His reasoning? The number of high-profile free agents on the Tampa Bay roster and the limitations of the salary cap.

The Bucs have some tough decisions to make with their roster this offseason, given that Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David, Ndamukong Suh, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, and Godwin are all free agents. They can’t retain all of them, and they’re likely to get below-market prices on Brown (and Gronkowski).

Godwin would be a big loss for Tampa Bay, and a major get for New England.

Godwin’s first season in the league as a third-round pick was decent. As a rotational, depth piece, he racked up 34 catches for 842 yards and a touchdown. Since then, he’s only gotten better. In 42 regular season games, he’s brought in 210 catches for 3,015 yards and 23 scores.

Considering how poorly the Patriots’ receivers have played, Godwin would be an excellent addition for whoever ends up starting at quarterback. Plus, it would be a small “got ya” shot at Brady, for whatever that’s worth.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Admittedly I have not seen Godwin’s full body of work. However what I have seen from him in the little I’ve watched him, are a fair amount of drops. He may go to NE, but I’m not sure Belichick would pay a guy that much knowing he has dropped the ball on some pretty easy passes.

  2. Godwin is a big improvement over the current Patriot receiving corp. I watched him plenty at Penn State and can’t explain his high number of dropped passes. Maybe they can fix that in NE, but more likely Belichick would not pay for that. He always values reliability over the longer shot.

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