Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is joining a chorus of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season prior to the league’s August 3 deadline. NFL insider Ian Rapoport has the scoop:
Source: #Eagles speedy WR Marquise Goodwin plans to opt-out for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. He has informed the team, who traded for him during the draft. Goodwin has a 5-month daughter after his wife previously had three miscarriages. Family is the most important.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2020
ESPN previously featured Goodwin’s story in a Father’s Day special. It’s understandable why he wants to be cautious.
Here’s what we wrote about Goodwin in our training camp preview series:
The Eagles acquired Goodwin for the very low cost of moving down 20 spots late in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Eagles and Goodwin also reportedly agreed on a one-year contract restructure worth $1.35 million in 2020.
Clearly, expectations for Goodwin should be kept low. This is ultimately a guy who’s averaged 31 yards per game over seven seasons. And injuries have caused this 29-year-old to miss 15 games during the past two years.
Goodwin is a few years removed from logging 56 receptions for 962 yards in 2017. It’s not even hyperbole to say the former Olympic athlete is one of the fastest people in the world considering his 4.27 second 40-yard dash speed.
Goodwin could be worth keeping around as insurance for Jackson getting hurt and/or Reagor not being ready to make immediate impact. The coaching staff could feel especially comfortable leaning on his veteran experience due to the irregular offseason.
Goodwin’s contract will now toll to 2021. Meaning: he won’t just be a free agent after this season.
It can’t be said that losing Goodwin is crippling — he wasn’t even a lock to make the 53-man roster — but it obviously would’ve been preferable to have him around for camp. The Eagles are now relying on DeSean Jackson, who turns 34 this year, and three rookie wide receivers to give them good deep threat production. On that note, Goodwin’s decision is good news for Day 3 draft picks John Hightower and Quez Watkins, who are now even more likely to make the team. First-round pick Jalen Reagor’s path to playing time is also less obstructed.
To be determined if more Eagles players will join Goodwin in opting out. The roster is currently at 81 ahead of the Eagles needing to be down to 80 prior to fully reporting for camp.