Eagles save $4m in cap space by hitting CTRL + Z on Marquise Goodwin trade

NFL: SEP 08 49ers at Buccaneers
TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 08: San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) during the second half of the season opener between the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Bucs on September 08, 2019, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles have been working hard to get under the cap by the start of the new league year tomorrow at 4 PM EST. It was assumed that WR Marquise Goodwin would be released in a bid to save $4.7M in cap space. What we didn’t see coming was that he would ‘revert back to the 49ers‘?? According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, that’s what happened.

Aaron Wilson later clarified that the contract actually reverted back to the Niners prior to his opt-out, meaning that it was embedded in the initial trade. Why this would be the case, I have no idea. But alas, Marquise Goodwin’s role in Philadelphia sports history is now almost as iconic as fellow Niners alumni Frank Gore.

The Eagles acquired WR Marquise Goodwin and pick No. 210 during last year’s draft in exchange for pick No. 190. Basically what this means is that the Eagles just swapped picks with San Fransisco and enabled them to move up 20 spots to select TE Charlie Woerner.

Pick 210 turned out to be OT Prince Tega-Wanagho, who was waived and is currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Overall, this trade went absolutely brilliantly.

The former Niners wideout agreed to a pay cut upon arriving in Philadelphia and that may well be a factor that caused him to revert given that he didn’t play a snap last season.

Goodwin opted out of the 2020 season due to the threat of COVID-19 in what was a completely understandable decision. It was a shame that we never got to see him play a snap in Philadelphia, especially considering the injury problems suffered by the WR group last season.

The move (?) likely means that the Eagles are under the cap. Over the last few days, the team has given Brandon Graham a contract extension and made several other moves to bring down what was previously an intimidating total.

With Marquise Goodwin now officially off the books, the Philadelphia Eagles may go shopping for a cheap free agent receiver on Wednesday.

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