Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin didn’t even get to suit up for a Philadelphia Eagles game before getting booted off the roster.
After playing for the San Francisco 49ers for three years, Goodwin joined the Eagles in 2020. This week he was reverted to the 49ers, giving Philadelphia their original seventh-round draft pick.
GOODWIN’S SHORT-STRETCH WITH PHILADELPHIA
A third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Marquise Goodwin joined the Buffalo Bills on a four-year contract. After suffering numerous injuries, he had his best season with the Bills in 2016, finishing with 431 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
In 2017, he signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Goodwin set a career-high of 56 catches for 962 yards and two touchdowns.
Following a three-year contract extension, Goodwin succumbed to injuries again, landing himself on the injured reserve list. The 49ers played in Super Bowl LIV with the exception of Goodwin, who remained unfit to play.
In 2020, Goodwin was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. The trade included the exchange of the 190th overall pick for the 210th overall pick from the 49ers. As a former track and field Olympian, the swift route runner would join DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Greg Ward, and newcomer Jalen Reagor.
Though the Eagles would come to find out their wide receiver position wouldn’t live up to expectations, Goodwin opted out of the season before he even walked onto the field. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he informed the team that his family was most important after he and his wife welcomed a daughter after suffering three miscarriages.
Goodwin received a stipend of $150,000 and had his contract tolled.
EAGLES ACQUIRE EXTRA DRAFT PICK
In an unusual turn of events, Goodwin reverted to the San Francisco 49ers yesterday due to stipulations from the 2020 trade. The release became official today, March 17, the start of the new league year.
Per Goodwin's agent, there were some terms in last year's Goodwin-to-Philly trade "that didn't happen," which is why he reverted back to SF. Teams also swapped sixth rounders in that trade. https://t.co/GZf2wtELH9
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) March 16, 2021
As part of the clause, the 49ers also sent the Eagles a seventh-round (237th overall) draft pick for the 2021 NFL Draft. Philadelphia now has 11 total draft picks.
Goodwin’s move back to the 49ers saved Philadelphia $4.3 million, with no dead money. Better yet, the team is finally under the salary cap after beginning the 2021 offseason with $52 million in debt.
I am told that indeed, the Eagles are officially under the cap. Parade scheduled for Thursday.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 16, 2021
WIDE RECEIVER VACANCIES
With Marquise Goodwin off the roster, a wider pit of vacancies for the wide receiver role now exists. Last month, veteran DeSean Jackson was released, and as of tonight, Alshon Jeffery joins him.
Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, and John Hightower remain. The Eagles now have a lot of work to do as they look to fill the position with future talent. It seems more likely that a wide receiver may be chosen at No. 6.
According to a league source, the 49ers released Marquise Goodwin today as he does not fit into their wide receiver plans. The 30-year-old will now enter free agency. He has 140 career catches for 2,323 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.