The Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided on Chris Godwin today. He was the recent recipient of the franchise tag. The tag is estimated to be worth around $16 million. The former Nittany Lion has been a model of consistency since the Buccaneers drafted him in 2017. The Buccaneers wide receiver followed up his monstrous 2019 season with a very productive 2020. He hauled in 65 receptions, 840 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Godwin seemed to be the favorite target of quarterback Tom Brady, as well. Not only is Godwin a matchup nightmare for the secondary, but he also is a key component in the run game. With all that being said, was tagging Godwin the best decision for the Buccaneers?
The 2021 Buccaneers wide receivers include Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller, and Tyler Johnson. Most experts believe that Antonio Brown will also be back in 2021. I want to focus on Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson. In my opinion, the Buccaneers should’ve used their franchise tag on Lavonte David or Shaq Barrett. The reasoning behind this decision is because I believe with more reps, Miller and Johnson can provide the same type of production as Godwin. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at each player’s FIRST TWO seasons.
Chris Godwin (2017 & 2018): Receptions- 93, Yards- 1,367, Touchdowns- 8
Scotty Miller (2019 & 2020): Receptions- 46, Yards- 701, Touchdowns- 4
Tyler Johnson (2020): Receptions- 12, Yards- 169, Touchdowns- 2
If Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson continue to progress, they could easily supplement the offense the same way Godwin has over the past four seasons. Before fans begin jumping to conclusions, I am a huge supporter of Chris Godwin and ecstatic to have him back with the Buccaneers. In a cap-strapped offseason, this could’ve been a different way to attack free agency. I am not sure what the numbers are going to be for Shaq or Lavonte, but to keep a defense like that together would be a huge ingredient in repeating as Super Bowl Champions.