|ADP:||Round: 13, Pick: 7|
|Team:||San Francisco 49ers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 183 lb.|
|Born:||November 19, 1990|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 3 (78)|
The 49ers released Goodwin on Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The Niners traded Goodwin to the Eagles last April, but he reverted back to San Francisco's roster after opting out of the 2020 season. The 30-year-old speedster now becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Goodwin reverted to the 49ers from the Eagles on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Goodwin opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, meaning he was unable to meet certain terms of the new deal he signed following his trade to Philadelphia last April. According to Matt Barrows of The Athletic, Goodwin's agent confirmed as much, so he'll return to San Francisco and rejoin a familiar receiving corps. During his seven-year career, Goodwin has been a field stretcher, reeling off 16.6 yards on his 140 catches across 75 games.
Goodwin is in line to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 concerns, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Per the report, Goodwin based his decision on a desire to remain with his family in the coming months. The Eagles acquired the speedy wideout from the 49ers in a swap of sixth-round picks in this year's draft. Goodwin logged 12 catches for 186 yards and a TD in nine games with San Francisco last season.
Goodwin (knee) agreed to a one-year, $1.35 million restructured deal with the Eagles on Saturday, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: The 49ers shipped the 29-year-old to the Eagles earlier in the day, and it's not a major surprise to see a reworked contract as he was set to receive over $9 million in base salary over the next two seasons. Goodwin is now essentially on a one-year, prove-it deal with Philadelphia, and he'll need to avoid the injury issues that limited him to 20 games over the last two seasons.
Goodwin (knee) was traded to the Eagles on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: That's now three Day 3 trades made by the 49ers during the 2020 NFL Draft, with the latter two (Matt Breida to the Dolphins) saving the team around $7 million in cap space this season. After a 2019 campaign which saw the Eagles decimated by injuries and ineffectiveness, Philadelphia has aggressively added speed to its receiving core, first with the first-round selection of Jalen Reagor, and now the addition of Goodwin. The 2012 Olympic long-jumper isn't any more of an obvious starting wide receiver than when he was with San Francisco, but he's an intriguing weapon in an offense that was essentially devoid of any sort of speed and should at minimum be a useful gadget player and returner in his new home.
General manager John Lynch said Godwin (knee) is still being shopped, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The 49ers presumably are hoping for a late-round pick as compensation, considering Goodwin is scheduled for a $3.95 million base salary and $4.9 million cap hit in 2020 (per OTC.com). Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan both have said they don't want to cut the 29-year-old wideout, but that's what may ultimately happen if the Niners can't find a trade partner before the 2020 NFL Draft. The other scenario that might work is Goodwin accepting a pay cut to stick around in San Francisco, though he'd be facing a tough numbers game on a roster that has no shortage of quick, undersized wideouts. Goodwin finished out 2019 on injured reserve with an unspecified knee injury.
Goodwin (knee) may be released at some point this offseason, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.
Analysis: Coach Kyle Shanahan sung a different tune in February, saying Goodwin is "too valuable" to be cut but might be available for trade. Shanahan had an obvious incentive to say what he said, as the Niners would have a tough time finding trade offers if other teams knew they'd end up releasing Goodwin anyway. With nothing cooking on the trade front, it now seems increasingly likely the team either cuts Goodwin or asks him to take a pay cut. The speedy 29-year-old was limited to nine games in 2019, catching 12 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown before an unspecified knee injury sent him to injured reserve in December.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that the 49ers are open to trading Goodwin (knee), Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Shanahan also clarified that Goodwin is "too valuable" to be simply released, indicating that the only way San Francisco would consider moving on from the 29-year-old speedster would be to find a trade partner willing to eat his $4.9 million cap hit for 2020. Since putting together an impressive 2017 campaign (56 catches for 962 yards and two touchdowns), Goodwin has now gone back-to-back seasons without surpassing 400 receiving yards or 25 catches. He appeared in just nine regular-season games in 2019 due to a knee injury, and a timetable for his recovery remains undisclosed.
The 49ers placed Goodwin (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: A regular wideout during the 49ers' first five games of the season, Goodwin had minimal results, namely 11 receptions (on 15 targets) for 181 yards and one touchdown. He then missed some time due to a personal matter and was buried on the depth chart thereafter due to the emerging trio of Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne. Goodwin will focus on rehabbing his knee injury moving forward while his teammates seek the No. 1 seed in the NFC side of the playoffs.
Goodwin (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Both Goodwin and Dante Pettis (knee) will be sidelined in Week 14, leaving the 49ers with only four receivers in uniform. Even while ostensibly healthy during the previous two weeks, Goodwin logged just one snap (on special teams) between the 49ers' win over Green Bay and loss to Baltimore.
Goodwin (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Saints, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Goodwin's role with the 49ers has declined to that of a depth wideout and special-teams contributor over the course of the season, so even if he ends up inactive for Sunday's tilt in New Orleans there wouldn't be large fantasy ramifications. Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne will operate as San Francisco's starting wideouts Week 14.
Goodwin only played one snap on special teams in Sunday's 20-17 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: Goodwin has fallen from starting wideout to a ghost on special teams over the course of this season. The project of trying to turn the Olympic sprinter into an every-down receiver may be over in San Francisco. We may see Goodwin surface again in some capacity this season, but for now it appears that he has fallen out of favor on the depth chart.
Goodwin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: Goodwin will be a healthy scratch for the second time this year. He's been unproductive over eight games this year, recording 12 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders (ribs), Deebo Samuel (shoulder) and George Kittle (ankle/knee) will all suit up Sunday.
Goodwin (wrist) had one catch (two targets) for five yards in Sunday's 36-26 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Goodwin did not carry an injury designation heading into this contest, so his lack of usage confirms that he has fallen behind Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne in the pecking order behind top wideout Emmanuel Sanders. The 29-year-old had a monster performance (126 yards and two touchdowns) against next week's opponent, the Green Bay Packers, in 2018, but this is a different 49ers squad and Goodwin's role has greatly reduced since then. Barring a setback to Sanders' injured ribs, expect Goodwin to remain off the fantasy radar in Week 12.
Goodwin (wrist) isn't listed on the 49ers' injury report Wednesday.
Analysis: Goodwin suffered the wrist injury during Monday's loss to the Seahawks, but it apparently isn't a serious issue. The 28-year-old hasn't caught a pass since Week 6 as he's tumbled out of San Francisco's offensive game plans.
Goodwin had two catches (three targets) for 15 yards in Sunday's 20-7 win over the Rams.
Analysis: Goodwin's three targets represented the second-lowest mark for the 49ers in this contest. The 28-year-old is known for his blazing speed over being a sure-handed receiver, and that weakness was exposed when he dropped long pass that hit him right in the hands. Goodwin continues to start alongside Dante Pettis, but he is averaging just three targets per game, so he needs to hit on a huge play in order to provide fantasy value. The veteran will look to hit that elusive home-run play in a favorable matchup against the Redskins on Sunday.
Goodwin was excused from Friday's practice for personal reasons but is expected to rejoin the 49ers before Sunday's game against the Rams, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Goodwin may even take on some extra targets, as tight end George Kittle (groin) is listed as questionable after being added to the injury report Friday. The 49ers don't have a clear hierarchy at wide receiver, though Goodwin, Dante Pettis and Deebo Samuel to have emerged as the lead trio in some order.
Goodwin had three catches (four targets) for 41 yards and added 15 rushing yards on his lone carry in Sunday's 31-3 win over Cleveland.
Analysis: Goodwin's 41 receiving yards actually paced all San Francisco wideouts in a game that was dominated by the rushing attack (275 rushing yards to 181 passing yards). The 28-year-old continues to start ahead of a group of greener options, but a lack of targets (12 through four games) in a run-heavy scheme has suppressed the veteran's value so far. That said, an upcoming matchup against the Rams' aerial attack could provide the game script necessary for Goodwin to post a strong fantasy line.
Goodwin corralled both of his targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 24-20 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Goodwin continues to see minimal targets on a weekly basis (eight targets through three games), but he was unable to break free for a touchdown like he did in Week 2. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has been deploying a four-man rotation between Goodwin, Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel and Richie James Jr. early on, and Jimmy Garoppolo has been spreading the ball out relatively evenly through the team's 3-0 start. The speedy wideout possesses that home-run ability, but the lack of targets makes him risky to start on a week-to-week basis. Goodwin's next matchup comes against the Browns after the bye week in Week 5.
Goodwin caught all three of his targets for 77 total yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 41-17 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Goodwin got a bunch of his production in early, slipping wide open for a 38-yard touchdown in the opening minutes of the contest. It was a dramatic improvement from Week 1's seven-yard effort, but fans would be right to worry about just six targets in two weeks from the WR1. Up next is a struggling Steelers defense.
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