Bruce Arians: Chris Godwin brings so much more than targets

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As he approaches free agency next month, Chris Godwin has said he’d like to remain with the Buccaneers and that he’s not just going to take the most money if it means he’ll be miserable.

On the other side of it, Tampa Bay would clearly like to keep Godwin. Head coach Bruce Arians has talked about that since winning the Super Bowl and reiterated his stance during a Wednesday press conference.

Through four seasons, Godwin has 244 receptions for 3,540 yards with 24 touchdowns. He caught 16 passes for 232 yards with one TD in the Buccaneers’ four postseason games, but had just a pair of catches for nine yards on four targets in Super Bowl LV.

“He brings so much more than targets,” Arians said, via Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com. “Look at what he does as an outside receiver and a slot receiver. He’s so unique in that regard. You put his blocking in there, he’s a huge part of what we do offensively. It’s more than stats. It’s also what the guy brings to the huddle. Chris is very, very unique.”

Godwin likely knows just how highly Arians thinks of him, but the public praise can’t hurt. It remains to be seen whether Godwin will take a home-grown discount to play with Brady and have a good shot at winning another Super Bowl — or if the Bucs will choose to use the franchise tag on him. But Arians is at least doing his best to make Godwin feel valued by the team that drafted him as the open market awaits.

8 responses to “Bruce Arians: Chris Godwin brings so much more than targets

  1. Would you take Godwin @ $15-18m/yr or Juju @ $10-12m? I think they are very similar players on the field.

  2. What would his value be on the Market had TB not taken them to SBLV?

    Brady elevates Players who buy into his system – it’s called the ‘Brady Effect’ formerly known as the ‘Patriot Way’

  3. CG was a very good player before TB12. The question is if it is in the best interest of the team to pay him his market value vs using it for other players on the team. TB is lucky in that they have good depth at WR and TE.

  4. solo681 says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:52 am
    What would his value be on the Market had TB not taken them to SBLV?

    Brady elevates Players who buy into his system – it’s called the ‘Brady Effect’ formerly known as the ‘Patriot Way’
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    Brady spreads the ball around so well that no one player winds up with crazy stats. Godwin had a much better year 3 than year 4. He seemingly had more drops this year than all his other years combined, plus he had a rather pedestrian playoff statline. Either way, he should be the most sought after WR in the FA class, ahead of Golladay, Robinson, Fuller and Juju.

  5. I don’t see how they can afford to keep him and if they do they probably can’t afford to re-sign any of their other free agents.

  6. Bruce Arians is right. Chris Godwin bring so much more to the receiving corp than just catching a football. He can play WR and slot. Chris will stick in nose in to block at the line of scrimmage, and he will also block downfield. Brady says Godwin has the best hands of any receiver Brady has played with. As the season went on, Brady started targeting Godwin more and more. Godwin became the go-to-guy for Brady. Having a go-to-guy is extremely important for Brady physic. It’s extremely important to sign Chris Godwin. For me, he is the most valuable of the Bucs free agents.

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