5 targets for Patriots in 2022 NFL free agency

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots. (Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
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Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

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Being Mac Jones’ No. 1 wide receiver option cold be appealing to Chris Godwin

At this point of his NFL career, Chris Godwin is at a crossroads. He already has a Super Bowl ring on his resume, as well as two 1,000-yard receiving seasons and a Pro Bowl nod. When healthy, Godwin is one of the best receivers in football. Unfortunately, he is always going to be No. 2 if he sticks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he will play with future hall of famer Mike Evans.

After being slapped with the franchise tag, there is a chance Godwin could be too expensive for the Buccaneers to retain. Godwin is coming off a season-ending injury, and it is not like they have anything promising at quarterback with Tom Brady having just hung up the spikes. In short, this would be the time for Godwin to make a break if he does not want to play for Tampa Bay anymore.

Given that the Patriots have no earthly idea how to draft wide receivers, why not consider bringing in a proven commodity like Godwin so that he can be Mac Jones’ No. 1 wide receiver option? Jones’ NFL ceiling is low, but the former Alabama standout is not going to bust. Though losing Josh McDaniels to the Las Vegas Raiders hurts his development, adding Godwin could mitigate that.

The combination of fit and need could end up bringing Godwin from Tampa Bay to New England.