The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Chris Godwin to a four-year contract, the team announced today.
The receiver was the Bucs’ third-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft and the last of that class to remain unsigned. Signing him was mostly just a formality, as it is with every draft pick since the 2011 NFL CBA: a de facto rookie wage scale doesn’t leave much room for negotiations.
Godwin played his college football at Penn State, racking up 153 receptions for 2,404 yards and 18 touchdowns. He’s not the fastest receiver around, but he’s a solid route-runner who will go up and get the ball in the air—a bit like Mike Williams used to do for the Bucs, for those few years when he was good.
Godwin will compete for playing time this offseason, but will obviously have to take a seat behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. There’s room for him to get on the field in three- and four-receiver sets, though he’ll have to fight Adam Humphries for a spot there.
Buccaneers draft picks
Round 1: pick 19 (19th overall) - TE O.J. Howard, Alabama
Round 2: pick 18 (50th overall) - S Justin Evans, Texas A&M
Round 3: pick 20 (84th overall) - WR Chris Godwin, Penn State
Round 3: pick 43 (107th overall) - LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU
Round 5: pick 18 (162nd overall) - RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State
Round 7: pick 5 (223rd overall) - DT Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, USC