Chris Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #12
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Chris Godwin News

Reaches $60 million deal with Bucs

Godwin agreed to a three-year, $60 million contract extension with the Buccaneers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Tampa Bay applied the franchise tag on Godwin last week for the second consecutive year, and the two sides were quickly able to come to a new agreement. The 2017 third-round pick will receive $40 million guaranteed and is set to return to the open market in 2025 when still only 29 years old. Godwin is recovering from the torn ACL and sprained MCL he sustained during Week 15, so it remains to be seen if he'll be ready to catch passes from Tom Brady for the start of the 2022 campaign.

Mar 16, 2022 6:48 PM EST

Second consecutive franchise tag

The Buccaneers placed the franchise tag on Godwin on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: For the second year in a row, Tampa Bay has done as much with Godwin, meaning he'll be due $19.2 million in 2022 if the two sides are unable to come to terms on a long-term deal. Currently, he's in recovery mode from the torn ACL and sprained MCL that he sustained in his right knee back in Week 15. Due to the timing of the injury, Godwin's availability for Week 1 of next season is in question, as is who will be under center for the Bucs once he gets healthy following the retirement of Tom Brady this offseason.

Mar 8, 2022 12:30 PM EST

Franchise tag anticipated

The Buccaneers are expected to use their franchise tag on Godwin (knee) prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, Tyler Dragon of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Godwin, who is recovering from ACL and MCL tears in his right knee, looks like he will stick with Tampa Bay for the 2022 campaign under the team's franchise tag. That would mark the second consecutive year that Godwin has received the franchise tag, so his salary would count $19.2 million against the cap. Through 14 appearances in the 2021 season, Godwin compiled career-high marks with 98 catches on 127 targets, which he translated into 1,103 yards and five touchdowns. While it's unclear whether Godwin will be at full strength to kick off the upcoming campaign, his ability to move the chains would doubtless prove a notable boon for whoever lines up under center Week 1, with Tom Brady having retired.

Mar 7, 2022 8:33 AM EST

Has surgery Monday

Godwin underwent surgery Monday to repair the ACL and MCL in his right knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure, which didn't reveal any damage to Godwin's meniscus. While Godwin will be in recovery mode when free agency opens up in mid-March, he's expected to be among the top options available at the position if the Buccaneers don't use the franchise tag on him again or otherwise can't come to terms on a new contract. Prior to injuring his knee Week 15, he had set career highs with 98 catches and 127 targets en route to 1,103 yards and five touchdowns in 14 games.

Jan 3, 2022 4:24 PM EST

Heads to IR

Tampa Bay placed Godwin (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Godwin's move to IR was merely procedural after head coach Bruce Arians confirmed Monday that the wideout suffered a torn ACL in addition to an MCL sprain of his right knee in the Buccaneers' Week 15 loss to the Saints. The transaction opens up a spot on the 53-man roster for fellow wideout Antonio Brown (ankle), who returns from a three-game suspension and could absorb a good portion of the 9.1 targets per contest Godwin had averaged through Tampa Bay's first 14 games.

Dec 21, 2021 2:08 PM EST

Suffers torn ACL

Godwin has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Godwin was believed to have suffered an MCL sprain in Sunday's loss to the Saints, but he underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed a torn ACL. The 25-year-old appeared in 14 games for the Buccaneers in 2021 and secured 98 of 127 yards for 1,103 yards and five touchdowns while rushing four times for 21 yards and a touchdown. Mike Evans (hamstring) and Antonio Brown (suspension/ankle) are in line to serve as the team's top receivers, while Tyler Johnson, Breshad Perriman (undisclosed) and Scotty Miller should see an uptick in playing time.

Dec 20, 2021 11:42 AM EST

Could miss rest of regular season

Godwin (knee) is expected to miss the rest of the regular season due to an MCL sprain suffered during Sunday's shutout loss to the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Godwin is a likely candidate for IR according to Rapoport, though Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Buccaneers haven't yet made any decisions about shutting him down for the final three games of the regular season. In any case, it appears that there's optimism about Godwin's chances of returning for the playoff stretch, and at the very least he seems likely to miss Week 16 at Carolina. With the nature of Godwin's injury now having been disclosed, the status of Mike Evans (hamstring), who was also forced off the field Sunday night, becomes increasingly key. Tampa Bay is expected to get Antonio Brown (ankle) back from his three-game suspension, but the status of his ankle sprain also remains a question mark. Behind that trio, the team has Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller and Breshad Perriman (COVID list) in the wideout room.

Dec 20, 2021 7:36 AM EST

Won't return to SNF

Godwin (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Saints.

Analysis: Godwin tried to test out the injury he suffered in the second quarter, but he was subsequently ruled out at halftime along with Mike Evans (hamstring). With the top two wide receivers done for the night, the Buccaneers have just Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller and Jaelon Darden left at the position.

Dec 19, 2021 7:08 PM EST

Hurts knee against Saints

Godwin (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints.

Analysis: Godwin was active before getting hurt in the second quarter, catching six of seven targets for 49 yards. He got hit in the knee while making the sixth catch. Godwin immediately made his way to the medical tent and was later spotted testing the knee out by running on the sideline. With fellow wide receiver Mike Evans (hamstring) doubtful to return, Tom Brady's working with a depleted group of pass-catchers.

Dec 19, 2021 6:36 PM EST

Another double-digit catch total

Godwin brought in 10 of 15 targets for 105 yards in the Buccaneers' 33-27 overtime win over the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Godwin's reception, receiving yardage and target totals led the Buccaneers on the afternoon, and he now has consecutive double-digit reception tallies after not accomplishing the feat in the first 11 games of the campaign. The Penn State product has a whopping 32 targets in the last pair of contests, a level of volume that's seemingly unsustainable over the long term but that could persist in a Week 15 Sunday night matchup against a Saints team that funnels plenty of action toward the air due to its elite run defense.

Dec 12, 2021 6:36 PM EST

Explodes for 15-catch tally

Godwin brought in 15 of 17 targets for 143 yards and rushed once for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Godwin has had some eye-popping lines before in his now nearly two seasons of working with Tom Brady, but Sunday's performance nevertheless jumped off the page. The fifth-year veteran easily led all pass catchers across the board during what was his fourth 100-yard effort of the campaign, with three of those instances coming in the last six games. Given how Tom Brady frequently distributes targets from week to week, Godwin's breakout performance could well be followed by a much more modest one, but he'll head into an interconference showdown against the Bills in Week 14 with a serious head of steam.

Dec 5, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Modest showing in win

Godwin brought in four of five targets for 24 yards and lost a fumble in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: Godwin checked in second in receptions on the afternoon and led the wideouts in catches, but that wasn't saying much on an afternoon when only eight of Tom Brady's 25 completions went to receivers. Godwin's first opportunity to bounce back from what was a season-low yardage total comes in a Week 13 road matchup against the Falcons.

Nov 28, 2021 3:31 PM EST

Still playing without Brown

Godwin will be joined in the lineup by Mike Evans (foot) on Sunday at Indianapolis, but Antonio Brown (ankle) will remain sidelined, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Godwin bumped up from a limited listing on Wednesday to full standing on Tampa Bay injury reports both Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, Evans opened Week 12 prep with back-to-back absences due to a back issue before logging every practice wrap Friday, while Brown is missing a fifth straight game due to a sprained ankle. With Brown on the pine, Godwin has accumulated a 29-373-3 line on 37 targets. Godwin will stay heavily involved in the Bucs' passing game against a Colts defense that has allowed 170.2 total yards per contest and an NFL-high 18 TDs to wide receivers in 11 games this season.

Nov 26, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Practices fully Thursday

Godwin (foot) practiced in full Thursday, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: While Mike Evans (back) and Antonio Brown (ankle) remained sidelined, Godwin upgraded from his limited listing on Wednesday's injury report. It's unclear where Evans and Brown stand in their respective recoveries, but Godwin clearly is the healthiest of the Buccaneers' top trio of wide receivers at the moment.

Nov 25, 2021 3:04 PM EST

Dealing with foot injury

Godwin was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate due to a foot injury.

Analysis: Godwin is dealing with a foot injury for a third consecutive week, but it hasn't stopped him from producing to the tune of 13 catches (on 14 targets) for 122 yards and one TD along with a seven-yard carry during that stretch. While Godwin was limited at Wednesday's walkthrough session, fellow wide receivers Mike Evans (back) and Antonio Brown (ankle) didn't practice at all. Brown hasn't suited up since Week 6, resulting in four consecutive absences, and Evans is working through back tightness. The trio will have two more chances to prove their health before the end of the week, but Godwin seems to be the healthiest of the group at the moment.

Nov 24, 2021 1:19 PM EST

Scores in Monday's win

Godwin caught all six of his targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 30-10 win over the Giants. He also rushed once for seven yards.

Analysis: Godwin started the scoring by taking a screen pass 13 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. That play gave him three scores in his last four outings, all of which have seen teammate Antonio Brown (ankle) sidelined. Godwin also nearly found the end zone a second time Monday after an impressive run-after-catch sequence to close the first half, only to be negated by a holding call. Regardless, it was another strong showing from Godwin, who was reliable on underneath and crossing routes all night. Whether or not Brown returns in Week 12, Godwin will strive to keep his momentum going in an interesting matchup versus the Colts.

Nov 22, 2021 8:36 PM EST

Cleared for Monday

Godwin (foot) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Monday's contest against the Giants.

Analysis: The Buccaneers ruled out Antonio Brown (ankle) for his fourth consecutive game, but Godwin appears to have no issues entering Monday's matchup. The star wide receiver had seven receptions for 57 yards in last week's loss against Washington despite a similar practice cadence so it's fair to suggest Godwin will be able to produce at his usual level come Monday.

Nov 20, 2021 10:57 AM EST

Limited by foot issue

Godwin (foot) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: The foot injury initially put Godwin's status in doubt for Week 10 after he missed practices Wednesday and Thursday, but he returned to the field Friday and ultimately gained clearance to play in Sunday's loss to Washington. He played 96 percent of the Bucs' offensive snaps in that game and recorded seven catches for 57 yards on eight targets. The team provided no indication that Godwin is dealing with any sort of setback coming out of that contest, so his limitations during the Bucs' first Week 11 practice were likely maintenance-related. The expectation is that he'll be good to go for a matchup with the Giants on Monday night.

Nov 18, 2021 1:25 PM EST

Seven grabs in upset loss

Godwin (foot) brought in seven of eight targets for 57 yards in the Buccaneers' 29-19 loss to Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: While some of his other offensive teammates looked like they still had a bit of bye-week hangover, Godwin, playing through a foot issue, checked in second in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the afternoon. The fifth-year wideout has been consistently busy of late, as he now has at least seven receptions and eight targets in four of the last five games. Godwin should be a bit healthier by the time a Week 11 home Monday night matchup against the Giants kicks off.

Nov 14, 2021 2:15 PM EST

Suiting up Sunday

Godwin (foot) is listed as active Sunday at Washington, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Coming off the Buccaneers' bye week, Godwin kicked off Week 10 prep with back-to-back absences due to a foot injury. He ended up capping it with a limited session Friday and receiving a questionable designation, but Greg Auman of The Athletic reported Saturday the team expected Godwin to suit up Sunday. Indeed, Godwin is available to a skill-position group that will be without Antonio Brown (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (back). In two games prior to the midseason respite, Godwin was operating on all cylinders, combining for 16 catches (on 23 targets) for 251 yards and two touchdowns.

Nov 14, 2021 8:33 AM EST

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