But Godwin agreed to switch to No. 14 so Brady could keep No. 12 with the Bucs, and made the move for free: The wide receiver told the team website he gave up No. 12 out of respect for the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and that there was no transaction involved.
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In fact, Godwin celebrated the change Tuesday with some photo editing magic on Instagram.
So, it was the least Brady could do to show his new wideout love in the comment section.
"Much Appreciated - Very Grateful - Humbled / And ready to get to work!!!" Brady wrote on Godwin's post, adding a pair of "100" emojis.
Fellow Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans also chimed in by commenting, "Already Gs."
Even if Godwin wanted to keep No. 12, it's a smart move by the 24-year-old to get into Brady's good graces.
Brady also can "repay" Godwin by feeding him frequently in 2020: The Pro Bowl wideout finished third in the NFL in receiving yards in 2019 and along with Evans should form a lethal duo for his new quarterback.
How Tom Brady thanked Bucs' Chris Godwin for giving him No. 12 for free originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston