San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch admitted that the organization is seeking to complete veteran wide receiver Marquise Goodwin's trade request with the onset of the 2020 NFL Draft looming on Thursday evening.
Lynch first mentioned how the 49ers “came close a couple of times” to trading the 29-year-old Goodwin on Monday, but today the fourth-year San Francisco executive opened up on the wideout, telling ESPN's Josina Anderson, “We’re trying to find Marquise a good home. That is something that could happen today,” via ProFootballTalk.
Since WR CeeDee Lamb told me he spoke to #49ers WRs coach Wes Welker, I asked GM John Lynch about his profile for a WR. He told me he doesn't want to specify, but re Marquise Goodwin he said, "we're trying to find Marquise a good home. That is something that could happen today."
— JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 23, 2020
Goodwin joined the 49ers in March 2017, initially signing a two-year deal. That followed his four-year tenure with the Buffalo Bills, who had selected the Texas product in the third round of the 2013 draft. Goodwin later signed a three-year contract with the Bay Area franchise in 2018, worth around $20 million. Goodwin was the highest-paid receiver on the 49ers' roster in 2019 in spite of finishing sixth in receiving yards, with 186 and one touchdown, and appearing in just nine games.
Goodwin led the team in receiving yards in his debut season with the club in 2017, totaling just shy of 1,000 yards along with two touchdowns. The former Bills wideout came back to earth the following year, though, with just under 400 receiving yards in 2018.
Given Goodwin's veteran status, injury-riddled most recent season (he was placed on Injured Reserve list in early December), and salary, it appears that the 49ers will move on from the seasoned pro sooner than later, with the draft's presence likely a means to send Goodwin on his way for compensation. Then, it's up to Lynch and San Francisco to select the right wide receiver prospect from the college ranks.