No. 4: Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin
Like Tevin Coleman, financial obligations could play a significant role in determining whether or not the 49ers want to keep veteran wide receiver Marquise Goodwin around in 2020.
After nearly reaching 1,000 receiving yards in his first year with San Francisco back in 2017, Goodwin has been nary a major factor the past two years. Granted, Goodwin’s absence on the field has been heavily influenced both by injuries and personal tragedy, which have carried over into this season.
But availability is easily one of the best abilities, and Goodwin certainly can’t claim that. Even when he’s been available, however, Kyle Shanahan has recently elected to go with other options at the position.
Including Goodwin being inactive for the Niners’ prime-time matchup against the Green Bay Packers back in Week 12.
On the season, Goodwin has just 12 catches for 186 yards and a touchdown. With younger receivers, such as Kendrick Bourne and Deebo Samuel, commanding more of Shanahan’s attention as of late, it’s easy to see why Goodwin isn’t fitting into San Francisco’s 2020 plans.
Goodwin has zero in guarantees in 2020, and the 49ers could part ways with him and generate $3.875 million in cap savings against $1.25 million in dead money.
Unless Goodwin showcases his value in the next four weeks, it appears to be a foregone conclusion he’ll play elsewhere next year.