The San Francisco 49ers announced several roster moves for Tuesday. They have claimed cornerback C.J. Goodwin off waivers from the New York Giants, signed University of Delaware defensive lineman Blaine Woodson, an undrafted free agent, and waived DeAndre Carter. This puts the 49ers at the 90-play maximum.
Goodwin is immediately the biggest of the 49ers cornerbacks. He stands 6’4, 220 pounds, giving him an inch on Richard Sherman and 15 pounds on Tarvarus McFadden. Goodwin has bounced around the league since signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014 as an undrafted free agent. He took part in the 49ers rookie minicamp as a tryout candidate.
DeAndre Carter has unfortunately been released. He came to the team in 2017 during the roster overhaul on a two-year deal. Given the draft picks and upgrades at the position, Carter’s release was imminent. There are only so many wide receivers to have on the roster and the 49ers are suddenly bursting with talent. Once the picks of Dante Pettis and Richie James were made and given Carter’s status as a “veteran UDFA” (he has yet to collect any stats on a 53-man roster), the 49ers are going to have some tough decisions to make on the position going forward. Given that he was on the practice squad in 2017, they might have wanted to free that up this year.
Here is what the 49ers press release says about, their two latest acquisitions:
Goodwin (6-4, 220) originally signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 4, 2014. After spending the majority of his first two seasons on the Steelers practice squad (2014-15), he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on January 5, 2016. With the Falcons, he appeared in 26 games (one start) and registered 12 tackles and two passes defensed. He also appeared in three postseason contests where he added three tackles and one pass defensed. He was waived by Atlanta on December 14, 2017, claimed off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals the following day where he went on to appear in two games. After signing a one-year exclusive rights contract with the Cardinals on April 3, 2018, he was waived by the team on May 1 and claimed by the New York Giants the following day. He was waived by the Giants on May 14.
A 22-year-old native of Stroudsburg, PA, Woodson (6-2, 280) attended the University of Delaware. During his five-year career with the Blue Hens (2013-17), he played in 45 games (44 starts) and registered 159 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, one interception, one pass defensed and one forced fumble. As a senior in 2017, he started all 11 games in which he appeared, and notched 55 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. In 2016, he started 11 games and finished with 24 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack. In 2015, he earned Second-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors for the second-consecutive season after starting 11 games and finishing with 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He appeared in 12 games (11 starts) and registered 51 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2014, and earned Second-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors after retaining freshman eligibility after not seeing game action in 2013.