Bruce Arians on Chris Godwin: Hard to leave for another system just for money

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Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said after the Super Bowl that he was “very. very confident” the team would be able to retain their key free agents and reiterated that confidence when the team celebrated their title at a boat parade last week.

Arians got another chance to weigh in on the topic when he spoke to reporters and his tone was a bit different. Arians said that he thinks players “know they have something special,” but touched on the financial realities that often drive decisions for free agents.

He said he thinks players will stay if the money is close and that can be a problem for coveted players like wide receiver Chris Godwin. Arians said he doesn’t get involved with contracts, but suggested the Bucs will be willing to pony up for the wideout.

“I think he loves it here,” Arians said, via Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s hard to leave and go to another system just for money. But it’s not bad paying two No. 1 receivers, that’s for sure, when they’re as good as our two No. 1s.”

The Bucs could use the franchise tag on Godwin to ensure he gets a big raise while remaining in Tampa, but that could complicate efforts to keep others like Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David, Ndamukong Suh, and Rob Gronkowski in the fold.

10 responses to “Bruce Arians on Chris Godwin: Hard to leave for another system just for money

  1. this team is going to be special in 2021…they were just getting warmed up by the end of 2020 and they absolutely STOMPED the defending champs who everyone thought was unstoppable.

  2. Get over yourself, Bruce.

    The Manning/Moore offense has already been duplicated elsewhere, with Super Bowl winning success.

    And a payday will trump a system every time. These players career can end any Sunday, on any play.

  3. You don’t need big money for Gronk. Just say that there will be a huge party at the end of the next season.

  4. aarons444 says:
    February 18, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Get over yourself, Bruce.


    Completely agree. Tom Brady led that team to winning the Super Bowl. Arians was just along for the ride.

  5. Godwin will be the toughest guy to re-sign. You only get one chance to sign your second contract. I’m sure his agent is telling him that right now.

    What’s a shame is that he’d probably have the most success in Tampa. As good as he is, I don’t see him being a true #1, take on all the double-teams, wide receiver. He doesn’t have elite speed, nor a big body. He’s more of a possession guy who runs terrific routes and has great hands.

    I love him to death but I think he works best with another stud WR on the other side.

  6. Who was the richest man in the world in 1791? I pick that date because that’s the year Mozart died. Mozart, through his music, is immortal, remembered for his work, his accomplishments. He was buried in a pauper’s grave. The rich guy is long forgotten.

  7. “It’s hard to leave and go to another system just for money.”

    No it’s really not Bruce.

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