Is Chris Goodwin the perfect free-agent match for Jacksonville Jaguars?
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be able to make significant upgrades to both sides of the ball in free agency due to the amount of cap space they will have at their disposal. If they want to bolster their offense, they could pursue the top wide receiver in the open market and Pro Football Focus believes Chris Godwin is the perfect free-agent matchup for them.
The Jaguars are projected to use the first overall selection in 2021’s draft on Clemson quarterback, and Seth Galina of PFF believes they need to get him as many weapons as possible. That’s why he believes Jacksonville should sign Godwin, their highest-ranked wideout in 2019. Galina says that his production went down last season as a result of the ‘share-the-wealth philosophy’ and injuries but thinks the Penn State product would immediately give a boost to a wide receiver unit that already includes Laviska Shenault and DJ Chark.
A third-round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017, Godwin has hauled in 244 receptions for 3,540 yards and 24 touchdowns over his four-year career. He showed he can be a featured wide receiver in 2017 when he caught 86 receptions for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.
Does it make sense for the Jacksonville Jaguars to pursue Chris Godwin?
There’s a chance the ‘Bucs’ will apply the franchise tag on Godwin, which would keep him off the market. He already said that he wouldn’t mind playing on the tag, but if he becomes a free agent, he will be one of the most coveted wide receivers alongside Allen Robinson and Kenny Golladay.
Most NFL teams will be operating with a fixed budget this offseasons while the Jaguars are projected to have $82 million in cap space. Thus, they can go after any free agent they want, including Godwin. As Galina pointed out, he could turn Jacksonville’s wide receiver unit from good to great, but the same could be said about Robinson and Golladay, so it would be up to the coaching staff to decide who would be a better fit for their offense.
If the Jaguars want to sign Robinson, they could easily outbid other teams for his services. It will be up to them to determine whether if that’s the route they want to take, considering the fact they could also target a wide receiver prospect in the draft.