By Adam Thompson | | 3 mins
Chris Godwin Next Team Odds: Dolphins, Chargers or Jaguars?
When Tom Brady threw passes in the direction of Chris Godwin in 2021, his QB rating was over 135 (it was 102 for all throws). Godwin is known for the ability to make any route from any spot on the field. And now he’s a free agent – probably the most marquee offensive name on the market.
It’s not a stretch to say the Bucs are on the brink of a rebuild. After winning the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Tampa Bay returned all 22 starters for another run at a title. That quest ended at the hands of the eventual champion Rams in the NFC Divisional Round.
Now Brady has retired and the team has 26 free agents on the market, including 10 starters. The Bucs want to bring Godwin back. He gained 1,103 yards on 98 receptions in 14 games before a torn ACL ended his campaign. He’s expected to be at full health for the 2022 season.
We can expect a big bidding war for Godwin, just 25 years of age and the most-attainable elite WR on out there.
Chris Godwin Next Team Odds
|Los Angeles Chargers||+600|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+650|
|New England Patriots||+900|
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Godwin and the Dolphins might be the best fit. Godwin is arguably the NFL’s top slot receiver; Miami played electric rookie Jaylen Waddle in the slot at times last year but his strengths were on the outside.
Adding Godwin could do a lot to Tua Tagovailoa and the pass attack. They also have the most cap space of any team. If they’re to acquire a top-tier free agent for the offense, this is it.
The Chargers and Jaguars rank second and third, respectively, in cap space. L.A. has a star in QB Justin Herbert and a possible want at WR if Mike Williams leaves via free agency, and are arguably closer to Super Bowl contention than any other team atop the list.
The Jaguars have Trevor Lawrence – a good place to start. The Buccaneers have indicated they want to bring Godwin back, and they could place the franchise tag on him again for 2022. But it would come at a cost of nearly $20 million. With only $21 million in projected cap space and nearly half their starters needing deals, that might be too much to put on any WR.
The Browns, Bears, and Steelers each have a need for a leading WR but each has QB issues to work through. Pittsburgh gets an additional nod for the Penn State product, and Philadelphia is in our NFL betting market for the Delaware native.
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