UPDATE: Hey, look, a pleasant surprise for once!
From the #49ers: Because Goodwin has reverted back to the team, the 49ers must send their original seventh-round pick in the upcoming draft to the Eagles. The 49ers' total number of picks now drops to nine. https://t.co/5bX4WnSgiO— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) March 16, 2021
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.
Eagles wide receiver Marquise Goodwin reverted back to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, according to the NFL’s official transaction wire.
This procedure is ... unexpected and not totally understood.
To recap, Philadelphia originally acquired Goodwin during the 2020 NFL Draft last year. The Eagles traded pick No. 190 overall in exchange for No. 210 and the veteran speedster. Goodwin never practiced or played a snap with the Eagles, however, as he opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.
Shortly after the Eagles acquired Goodwin, the two sides reportedly agreed to a more team-friendly deal. But that deal never actually went into effect due to his opt-out decision.
Thus, Goodwin’s contract was set to toll over to 2021, and he was looking like an obvious cut candidate.
Cut: $4.3 million cleared ($0 dead money)
Goodwin allegedly said that he’s in talks with the Eagles to restructure his deal to return in 2021. One would think the Eagles would only want him back at the minimum with no guaranteed money involved. If such an agreement can’t be reached, it’s a no-brainer for the Eagles to move on.
But now I guess the Eagles won’t have to cut him because the trade reverted? Except for the part where Philly dropped 20 spots in last year’s sixth round. Can’t undo that.
The Eagles drafted Prince Tega Wanogho with No. 210 and he (unusually) opted not to sign a futures contract with Philly to join the Kansas City Chiefs instead.
Lot of layers of weirdness to this one. The main takeaway is that the Eagles cleared cap space, as they were expected to do.