1. WR Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
There’s still time for the Bears to get standout wide receiver Allen Robinson under contract for 2022 and perhaps beyond. But regardless of whether the team is able to secure the services of the eight-year pro, the team could use some more reliable weapons in an attempt to make life easier for young signal-caller Justin Fields.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a Super Bowl in 2020 behind an aggressive defense and an offense led by legendary Tom Brady and a deep pass-catching corps. One of those standouts was Chris Godwin, who was coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2019 in which he set personal highs for receiving yards (1,333) and touchdown grabs (9). With Brady in ’20, he finished with 65 grabs for 840 yards and seven scores in 12 regular-season contests. During the Bucs’ Super Bowl title run, the former Penn State standout caught 16 passes for 232 yards and one score.
This past season, Godwin led Bruce Arians’ team in catches (98) and receiving yards (1,103) while reaching the end zone a total of six times – including one rushing TD. But he missed the final three weeks of the regular season and both playoff games. A year ago, he played under the franchise tender. Will the Bucs let him test the open market later this month?