Detroit Lions Brad Holmes set to sue Chris Godwin free agency
You’ve heard it a lot before and you’ll hear it a lot more in the weeks to come: The Lions will enter the offseason with a wide receiver as one of their biggest positioning needs.
Until rookie rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown emerged with six straight eight-or-more catches to end the season, there wasn’t much hope for the position.
St. Brown ended up finishing the 2021 campaign with a team-leading 90 catches for 912 yards and five touchdowns. He cemented his status as a reliable receiving option for the team heading into the 2022 season.
Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds have also posted periodic glimpses of the high-end game, but not enough to anoint them as go-to targets in the passing game. Additionally, both are expected to be unrestricted free agents, and there’s no guarantee either of them will return to Motor City next season.
This offseason, it’s up to the Lions to eventually add a few receivers who can supplement St. Brown’s production. It’s the only way the receiver room can take the next step, and it will go a long way toward Detroit becoming a more competitive team by the season.
Lions wide receiver coach Antwaan Randle El believes the organization needs to acquire an “X” wide receiver, as in a wide receiver who can line up wide and stretch a defense deep while St. Brown and l tight end TJ Hockenson absorbs the attention of defenses in midfield.
“They already know, we’re going to be looking for a guy who can come in and help our offense get that ball in the field and really be a guy that we can – I shouldn’t just say throw it … but we know we can have a man (cover) one-on-one. Let’s put that ball out there, knowing he’s going to win. That’s the idea behind it all,” Randle El told reporters this week at the Senior Bowl.
Enter Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
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The versatile wide can line up anywhere on the court and fight his way through opposing defenses, whether out of the slot or out of the way while tackling man coverage.
Godwin caught a career-high 98 balls and amassed his second career season haul of 1,000+ yards (1,103 yards) in 2021. He also caught 71%+ of the balls thrown for a third straight campaign.
Also working in favor of the Penn State product is the fact that he will only be 26 at the start of the 2022 season.
He’s a player who is still clearly at his peak, and he would be a major addition to Randle El’s receiving group, forming a dynamic punch with St. Brown.
The only downside to acquiring Godwin would be the money the Lions would have to commit to him in the long run.
According to Spotrac, he will be able to command a five-year contract worth around $18.1 million per season on the open market.
This could prevent him from playing in Detroit.
But, if I’m Lions general manager Brad Holmes, I’m looking past that hefty price tag and doing my best to bring the Pro Bowl receiver to Motown.