Kyle’s update, 1:24 p.m.: The 49ers have officially released Goodwin:
The #49ers released WR Marquise Goodwin, according to a league source.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) March 17, 2021
That move cleared $4.5 million, but I’m not sure if that money was already accounted for.
The San Francisco 49ers said hello and goodbye to an old friend.
Speedy wide receiver Marquis Goodwin is back with the Niners, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
This is unique: WR Marquise Goodwin has now reverted back to the 49ers from the Eagles per terms of the trade made last year. This will likely be just a procedural move, as it’s unlikely Goodwin fits into San Francisco’s WR plans.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 16, 2021
This is a unique situation, but as Yates says, it’s doubtful it results in Goodwin being in a San Francisco uniform next season.
The 49ers originally sent Goodwin and the No. 210 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 190th selection. Matt Maiocco of NBC Bay Area says the Niners will have to send the Eagles a seventh-round selection, costing the 49ers a pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Per terms of the Marquise Goodwin-to-#Eagles trade last year, Goodwin reverts back to the #49ers, the NFL announced Tuesday.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) March 16, 2021
The 49ers must send the Eagles their original seventh-round pick this year. S.F. now has nine draft picks.
Goodwin never played a snap for the Eagles. He opted out of the 2020 campaign due to concerns about COVID-19. Because Goodwin decided to sit out the season, his contract was carried over to 2021.
Matt Barrows of The Athletic caught up with Goodwin’s agent, who says some of the terms from last year’s deal weren’t met, which is why he has reverted back to the 49ers.
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
Goodwin’s cap number for next season is a little more than $4.2 million (per Over the Cap), but the Niners can cut him without any dead money on the cap, so expect that to happen sooner than later.
The 31-year-old played in 36 games over his three seasons in San Francisco and put up 91 receptions for 1,543 yards and seven touchdowns. The 49ers have receivers Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Travis Benjamin, Jalen Hurd, and River Cracraft under contract for next season.