NY Jets: Chris Godwin is an absolute must-target in 2022 free agency

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A new era is beginning for the NY Jets and it's called the Zach Wilson era. The Jets spent the No. 2 overall pick on Wilson after he dazzled at BYU this past year and skyrocketed up the draft boards.

Jets fans aren't sure if the Wilson era will go any differently than the Sam Darnold era but the organization needs to do for Wilson what they didn't do for Darnold. They need to surround him with the best possible talent.

One of the best wide receivers slated to hit free agency next offseason is Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, Chris Godwin. He's playing on the franchise tag this year and now that a deal wasn't struck with the Bucs before the deadline, he'll be a free agent when the 2021 season concludes.

Godwin, a former third-round pick out of Penn State in the 2017 NFL Draft, has been an explosive receiver since entering the league in 2017. His best season to this point was in 2019 when he caught 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.

If Godwin could do that kind of damage with Jameis Winston throwing to him, just imagine how lethal he could be with Wilson in year two of his NFL career.

Wilson will be out to majorly prove himself by that point and getting Godwin to the Big Apple would set Wilson up to succeed in the best way possible.

The NY Jets have to pursue Chris Godwin next offseason.

Obviously, this depends on if the Bucs get a deal done with Godwin or not. This will be tricky for Tampa Bay to get done, as they have the least amount of cap space, per Over the Cap.

They made sure to keep their entire roster intact for another run at a Super Bowl this year so that could make it difficult to keep Godwin in a Bucs uniform past 2021.

If Godwin is available, the Jets will have the funds to bring him to New York and they need to throw whatever money they have at him to ensure he becomes a Jet.

Having a weapon like that for Wilson and joining the likes of Corey Davis and Denzel Mims already on the roster would give them one of the best receiver rooms in the league.

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It might feel too early to be discussing a potential pursuit of Godwin, but if there's any way the Jets can get him to the Big Apple and in a green Jets jersey, it'd be a huge signing for the organization and would set Wilson up for a massive sophomore season in 2022.