When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, fans were generally pleased with the selection. It’s likely most of them didn’t realize the impact he’d be making on the team at such an early point in his career.
In his first two seasons, Godwin caught 93 passes. He amassed 1,367 yards in that time and caught eight touchdowns. In 2019 alone, he’s on pace to eclipse those reception and yards numbers and already has more touchdowns than he did in the two years prior. And he played in all sixteen games in 2017 and 2018.
To say he’s had a breakout season would be an understatement. Last season, then head coach Dirk Koetter said having Godwin was like have it a third starter.
This year, he is a starter, and 12 game in he leads the Bucs in receptions, yards and touchdown catches. Even with Mike Evans having another top-shelf season himself.
League wide, Godwin is tied with Carolina Panthers receiver D.J. Moore for sixth in receptions, sits second in yards, is tied for the top spot in touchdown receptions with Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay of the Detroit Lions and stand alone at the top with his 21 receptions of 20-yards or more.
And he’s doing it all for just over $800,000. You could say Godwin is outplaying his contract. But thanks to the wise researching ways of The Athletic’s Greg Auman, the star receiver will be recouping at least some of the value he’s worthy of.
This has been clinched for some time, but Bucs WR Chris Godwin will get a big raise in 2020 as a result of the NFL's PPE (Proven Performance Escalator) program. He's played enough snaps that his 2020 salary goes from $768,500 to an estimated $2.14 million.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 2, 2019
In this Twitter thread, Auman goes on to explain, in order to receive this PPE a player drafted in the third round or later has to average 35% of his team’s snaps or reach 35% of snaps in two of his first three NFL season. According to Auman, Godwin currently sits at 66%.
Of course, Godwin is also eligible for a new contract all together, which Auman points out as well.
With playoff chances slim to none as it stands, the focus for the team will be on what can happen in the future. And if the Buccaneers want success in theirs, then they’ll need to lock down Godwin for a long, long time. And smart money is on them doing so this off-season. They can start by handing him a $2.14M check.
Bottom line up front. Chris Godwin is going to get paid. And he deserves every penny he gets.