Reports state the San Francisco 49ers are looking to trade veteran wide receiver Marquise Goodwin this offseason, and these three destinations seem the most likely.
Any deal wouldn’t be finalized until the 2020 season actually begins, of course. But the Niners and a potential suitor of Goodwin’s services could agree to a deal in principle.
San Francisco acquired Goodwin as a free agent in 2017, and he enjoyed a career-best year while nearly reaching the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time in his career. This pointed to the speedster and Olympian athlete being a major part of head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense in subsequent seasons.
But it didn’t quite pan out that way.
Injuries and persona tragedy ultimately limited Goodwin to just under 600 receiving yards the following two years, and he was essentially an afterthought in the 49ers’ run up to Super Bowl LIV last February.
Heading into the offseason, the Niners are expected to upgrade their wide receiver corps in addition to second-year pro Deebo Samuel. Goodwin doesn’t seem to be a part of that reconstruction, as the report suggests. And with San Francisco boasting little more than $13 million in available cap space, currently, clearing roughly $4 million owed to Goodwin in 2020 makes a lot of sense.
Who would be a willing trade partner, though? Especially amid an awfully deep NFL Draft class at the position?
The 49ers likely wouldn’t get much of anything in return. But by clearing cap space and getting a low-level draft pick in return, Goodwin moving on could ultimately mean good things for both sides.
Especially if one of these three potential suitors is in the mix.