The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading to the Super Bowl, but they have a few big names that will be hitting 2021 NFL free agency once the offseason begins. One of them, Chris Godwin, has had quite a disappointing year. Only playing in 12 games due to injuries, Godwin finished with just 840 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. The only positive takeaway was Godwin’s catch percentage, as he ended with 77.4%, a career-high.
The Buccaneers were the talk of the NFL last offseason, after signing Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. It was believed that Godwin would be Brady’s favorite target due to Godwin’s incredible route running. Instead, Mike Evans played as the top wide receiver, while Antonio Brown came in mid-season and crowded the wide receiver room.
With multiple uncertainties, this front office will have to decide which WRs to keep, as Brown is due to hit the 2021 NFL free agency, as well. Even so, Godwin should bounce back next year. Whether he’s still with the Bucs, or on a new team, Chris Godwin is a talented WR that could thrive anywhere.
As for teams interested in signing the four-year vet, three stand out as top destinations. Godwin will want to be playing on a playoff contender, especially after getting a taste of a postseason run this year. Here are three potential destinations for Chris Godwin.
2021 NFL Free Agency: Most Likely Chris Godwin Destinations
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When it comes down to it, the Bucs are still the favored landing spot for Chris Godwin. Tampa Bay has the money to bring him back, and after this Super Bowl run, why would Godwin leave?
Brady is likely to return as well, and although the two didn’t connect like we were hoping, Godwin is still a reliable target for Brady. When you have an opportunity to continue playing for a Super Bowl-caliber team, you stick with it hoping to reach the big game again.
There is reason to believe that Brown will find a new home during the 2021 NFL free agency period. If that’s the case, the WR room becomes much less crowded, which means Brady will be looking in Godwin’s direction much more often. Look for the Bucs to try and do everything they can in order to keep their superstar wide receiver, as they’ll be reloading for another deep playoff run next year.
Another franchise that could make a push for Godwin is the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts don’t seem to be on many people’s radar as a sought-after destination for top WRs. Sure, Philip Rivers is retiring and the Colts are searching for a new quarterback, but this franchise has the cap space to load up this roster and a defense to make a long playoff run.
The Colts will be busy this offseason, especially with the trade rumors swirling around Matthew Stafford. The front office should do anything they can to acquire Stafford from the Detroit Lions, as he’ll immediately boost this roster. After that, sign Godwin during or before 2021 NFL free agency, and they’ll have themselves one of the most stacked offenses in the NFL.
If these acquisitions come to fruition, the Colts become the clear-cut favorite of the AFC South once again. With a great offensive line, Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman, and one of the best defenses in the league, Indianapolis suddenly becomes the team to beat in the AFC South.
After just missing out on the playoffs, the Miami Dolphins will be aiming to reload their roster this offseason. Everyone knows the draft stock Miami has, but they also have the cap space to sign nearly anyone they want in the 2021 NFL free agency signing period.
Brian Flores has done an excellent job turning this franchise around in just two years, and the Dolphins should be aggressive this offseason. Chris Godwin would be a phenomenal acquisition for this roster, as this team was missing a true WR1 this year.
Despite the uncertainty around Tua Tagovailoa, adding Godwin would give the young QB a fantastic WR to throw to. Also factor in Mike Gesicki, and the emergence of Myles Gaskin, the Dolphins offense would become a legitimate threat in the AFC East. Miami should be looking for a top-tier WR in 2021 NFL free agency, regardless of who they plan on drafting in April.
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