Goodwin signed a contract with the Bears on Friday.
Goodwin, who opted out of the 2020 season, will play out the 2021 campaign on a one-year deal with the Bears. The 30-year-old speedster has averaged 16.6 yards per reception across his seven-year NFL career, and he should at least offer Chicago occasional big-play potential on gadget schemes, as well as depth in the return game.
The 49ers released Goodwin on Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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.
Last year's trade was contingent upon him agreeing to a restructured contract with Philadelphia, but Goodwin never actually signed the new deal after he opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. He'll return to San Francisco and rejoin a familiar receiving corps, although it's not clear if the Niners have room for him, while the Eagles will add a seventh-round pick. 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.
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 deal during 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.
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 from the 49ers on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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 being the other) saving the team around $7 million in cap space this season. After a 2019 campaign that saw the Eagles decimated by injuries and ineffectiveness, Philadelphia has aggressively added speed to its receiving corps, 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 he 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.
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 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.
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) during the offseason, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
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 take on 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, and a timetable for his recovery from a knee injury remains unknown.
Goodwin (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The wideout had a regular role in the offense during the 49ers' first five games of the season, but 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 addition of Emmanuel Sanders and the emergence of 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.
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.
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.
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.
Goodwin will be a healthy scratch for the second time this year. He's been unproductive over eight games this season, 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 had one catch on two targets for five yards in Sunday's 36-26 win over the Cardinals.
The 29-year-old did not carry an injury designation heading into this contest, so his limited usage confirms that he has fallen behind Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne in the pecking order behind top wideout Emmanuel Sanders (ribs). Goodwin 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 his role has been greatly reduced since then. Barring a setback with 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.
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 (wrist) failed to catch any of his three targets and suffered a wrist injury in Monday's 27-24 loss to Seattle.
The veteran wideout was in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Week 9, and his role increased after starter Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) left the game. Goodwin did not do much with his opportunities and failed to pull in what would have been a crucial third-down conversion late in the contest. The wrist injury clouds his status for next week's rematch with Arizona, but even if he suits up, his target volume in this offense could be minimal moving forward.
Goodwin (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Cardinals.
The 49ers' acquisition of Emmanuel Sanders from the Broncos on Oct. 22 had already sent Goodwin's fantasy value tumbling, and the 28-year-old's healthy scratch only further reinforces that point. Though Goodwin is now available after sitting out the Week 8 win over the Panthers while tending to a personal matter, coach Kyle Shanahan apparently doesn't view the wideout as a key part of the weekly game plan.
Goodwin (personal) returned to the team Monday and is expected to play Thursday against the Cardinals, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Goodwin was excused by the team late last week to tend to a personal matter, but the issue appears to be resolved as the veteran receiver was present at the 49ers' facilities Monday. He figures to work in as the No. 2 receiver behind Emmanuel Sanders for the 49ers. Goodwin's performance as the top option was less than impressive with just 11 catches for 181 yards and a score through six games, so unless Sanders can draw enough attention away from Goodwin, he's a risky play for fantasy purposes.
Goodwin (personal) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Panthers.
Excused late in the week to tend to a personal matter, Goodwin will remain away from the team for the time being. In his stead, newcomer Emmanuel Sanders is the team's most experienced pass catcher by a long shot and will look to put his stamp on the 49ers offense for the first time.
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