It’s unclear yet how long it will take Chris Godwin to recover from a torn ACL that ended his 2021 season on Dec. 19, but it doesn’t look like Godwin’s health will stop the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from paying the former Penn State receiver.
More than a week after placing the franchise tag on Godwin, the Buccaneers signed him to a three-year, $60 million dollar extension, per multiple reports.
Before the injury, Godwin was having an excellent 2021 season, catching 98 passes for 1,103 yards— both team-leading numbers— and five touchdowns. In five seasons with the Buccaneers, Godwin has established himself as one of Tampa’s most important players, making second-team All-Pro in 2019 and helping the Bucs to a Super Bowl win the next season.
Buccaneers’ franchise player Chris Godwin reached agreement on a 3-year, $60 million deal that includes $40 million fully guaranteed at signing, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2022
The Godwin news comes at a time when Tampa Bay fans are already feeling pretty good, what with Tom Brady coming out of retirement just four days prior.
$40 million of Godwin’s salary is fully guaranteed. Before the NFL, Godwin played at Penn State for each of James Franklin’s first three seasons, notably helping the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl berth in 2016. After that season, he declared for the NFL draft and went to Tampa in the third round with the 84th overall pick.