Why Bucs should use franchise tag on Chris Godwin

TAMPA ― One of the best moments following the Bucs’ win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 was Chris Godwin’s fiancée, Mariah Delpercio, running across the field and leaping into the arms of the receiver.

“I can’t feel my legs!” she cried out as they embraced.

“This is crazy,” Godwin said. “We’re the best in the world!”

“Let’s lay on the confetti!” Depercio said, and they dropped to the turf covered in red and white pieces of streamers.

From high school to the Super Bowl, Chris Godwin and his fiancée have been on the entire journey together 👏❤️

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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 11, 2021

Godwin and Delpercio have been together for eight years, since Middletown High School in Delaware.

They’re inseparable.

But can the same be said for Godwin and receiver Mike Evans?

“He loves it here,” coach Bruce Arians said of Godwin. “It’s hard to leave and go to another system just for money. But it’s not bad paying two No. 1 receivers, that’s for sure, when they’re as good as our two No. 1s.”

Godwin is among the Bucs’ top potential free agents, a list that includes outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett, inside linebacker Lavonte David, tight end Rob Gronkowski, receiver Antonio Brown, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and kicker Ryan Succop, to name a few.

The Bucs would like to strike deals with all of them. But they have a franchise player tag to apply…

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