Marquise Goodwin

49ers take advantage of window that provides exclusive negotiating rights

49ers take advantage of window that provides exclusive negotiating rights

The 49ers are not expected to be nearly as active next week in free agency as a year ago when John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan pieced together a roster that was left in complete shambles.

But the 49ers have been far more active in the weeks leading up to the opening of the new league year.

The 49ers took advantage of the exclusive negotiating rights with their own scheduled free agents to reach contract extensions with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, center Daniel Kilgore, defensive end Cassius Marsh, offensive tackle Garry Gilliam and linebacker Mark Nzeocha.

On Thursday, the 49ers got a head start on next offseason with a three-year extension for wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who was scheduled to enter the second season of the two-year contract he signed on the first day of 2017 free agency.

Since the end of last season, the 49ers have signed six of their own players to contract extensions. Only four other teams have retained multiple players on new deals: Washington (3), Carolina (2), New England (2) and Pittsburgh (2).

Lynch described the 49ers’ plan this offseason as “aggressively prudent.” At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, he spoke about identifying the right fits for the team in free agency -- finding players that fit the long-term plan in salary structure, scheme and character.

Goodwin is a perfect example of a player who came to the 49ers as a projection of what how he could fit into Shanahan’s offense, then proved himself on and off the field.

“From the minute Marquise joined our team, he has shown us everything we want to see in a 49er,” Lynch said in a statement to announce Goodwin’s new deal, which carries through the 2021 season.

“He leads by example with a tremendous work ethic, a trait that helped him expand his repertoire as a football player and post his most successful season as a pro last year. Marquise earned this extension by coming in every day focused on doing his job and, as a result, he made himself and his teammates better.”

49ERS SCHEDULED UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
RB Carlos Hyde
S Eric Reid
DL Tank Carradine
CB Dontae Johnson
G Brandon Fusco
LB Brock Coyle
DE Aaron Lynch
TE Logan Paulsen
DL Leger Douzable
CB Leon Hall
WR Louis Murphy
DL Chris Jones
CB Asa Jackson
C Tim Barnes
DB Antone Exum
RB Raheem Mostert (exclusive rights)

49ers, Goodwin agree on 3-year extension

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49ers, Goodwin agree on 3-year extension

The 49ers wrapped up wide receiver Marquise Goodwin on Thursday to a three-year contract extension through the 2021 season, the club announced.

“From the minute Marquise joined our team, he has shown us everything we want to see in a 49er,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.

“He leads by example with a tremendous work ethic, a trait that helped him expand his repertoire as a football player and post his most successful season as a pro last year. Marquise earned this extension by coming in every day focused on doing his job and, as a result, he made himself and his teammates better.”

The deal is worth up to $20.3 million with $10 million guaranteed, the NFL Network reported.

Goodwin signed a two-year contract with the 49ers last year on the first day of free agency. He had a breakout season with the 49ers, catching 56 passes for 962 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games.

In his first four NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Goodwin caught a combined 49 passes for 780 yards and six touchdowns.

Goodwin was named the winner of the Len Eshmont Award, presented annually to the player who best exemplifies inspirational and courageous play. He also won the Ed Block Courage Award.

Goodwin provided one of the most memorable and emotional moments of the 49ers’ season on Nov. 12 when he caught a touchdown pass against the New York Giants to help the 49ers to their first victory over the season.

The play happened just hours after he and his wife, Morgan, lost their baby boy due to complications during pregnancy.

Ten candidates for 49ers contract extensions

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Ten candidates for 49ers contract extensions

The 49ers have plenty of salary-cap space – well more than $100 million projected – to sign Jimmy Garoppolo, some free agents and extend the contracts to retain some of their own players with multi-year deals this offseason.

Prior to the 49ers’ season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, we looked at 10 players who are scheduled to be free agents, and how they might fit into the team’s plans for the future.

Here, we turn our attention to 10 players whose contracts are set to expire after the 2018 season. These players are candidates to receive contract extensions this offseason to keep them off the free-agent market in 2019:

S Jimmie Ward
General manager John Lynch does not seem the least-bit concerned about Ward’s scheduled one-year, $8.5 million salary on the fifth-year option. Said Lynch, “We’re excited to have Jimmie back and plan on him being a big-time contributor to this team.”

The 49ers believe Ward can be a good cornerback. But they see him – if he can remain healthy – as a potential Pro Bowl player at free safety. The 49ers could be reluctant to extend his contract beyond this season until they are convinced he can remain injury-free. He missed 22 games in his first four seasons due to a variety of fractures and soft-tissue injuries. He finished 2017 on injured reserve after sustaining a broken forearm.

DE Arik Armstead
A first-round pick in 2015, Armstead can be retained for the 2019 season on the fifth-year option as a defensive end. The hefty one-year deal is guaranteed for injury only, and a decision must be made by May 2 for the 2019 season.

Armstead underwent season-ending surgery on his hand in mid-October. There are still legitimate questions about whether Armstead fits Robert Saleh’s defensive system. He began the season at pass-rush end before moving to the “big end” position. Armstead has six sacks in 30 career games, and he has missed 18 games the past two seasons due to shoulder and hand injuries.

RT Trent Brown
There is no doubt Brown has the size, strength and agility to attract a big contract. But it is highly unlikely the 49ers will make any kind of competitive offer to extend him past the upcoming season.

There are concerns about Brown’s dedication to put in the work necessary to get the most out of his ability. And it is fair to observe that when players change after signing lucrative contracts, it is generally not for the better.

One big test will be to see how Brown comes back from shoulder surgery that cut short his season and will sideline him for approximately six months.

S Jaquiski Tartt
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Tartt is a prime candidate for a contract extension. The 49ers like Tartt a lot. They like him as a free safety, but they really like him as a strong safety, playing closer to the line of scrimmage as an eighth defender in the box.

When all the safeties were healthy, the 49ers determined their best lineup consisted of Ward at free safety and Tartt at strong safety. Before Tartt sustained a fractured forearm that ended his season, the team decided to move veteran safety Eric Reid to linebacker. Reid was back at safety in Tartt's role to finish the season.

WR Marquise Goodwin
Goodwin was an exceptional veteran pickup for the 49ers, as he signed a two-year, $6 million contract on the first day of free agency. After four pedestrian seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Goodwin became more of a complete receiver in Kyle Shanahan’s system.

Despite experiencing unimaginable tragedy off the field, Goodwin put together an exceptional season with 56 receptions for 962 yards. There are few players faster than Goodwin, who turned 27 in November.

K Robbie Gould
Gould signed a two-year, $4 million contract on the first day of free agency. In his first season with the 49ers, he set the franchise record in field-goal accuracy, making 49 of 51 attempts for 95.1 percent.

However, Gould, a 13-year veteran, is 35 years old. The 49ers might want to see how Gould holds up in 2018 before making a determination whether he fits into the team’s plans for 2019.

LG Laken Tomlinson
The decision for the fifth-year option was transferred to the 49ers when Tomlinson was acquired in the late-August trade from the Detroit Lions. He was the 28th overall pick of the Lions in the 2015 draft.

Tomlinson got better as the season progressed – a sign the 49ers interpret as the potential for him to settle in as a good player once he fully grasps the offensive system and the techniques being coached. The 49ers are likely to pick up the fifth-year option on Tomlinson by the May 2 deadline.

P Bradley Pinion
Pinion is entering the final year of his contract and would appear to be a strong candidate for a contract extension. He has gotten better every season, and he is still young and getting stronger. (He turns 24 in June.)

Pinion was tied for the ninth most-effective punter in the league with a net average of 41.3 yards. He dropped 31 punts inside the 20-yard line with just one touchback.

OLB Eli Harold
Harold, a third-round draft pick in 2015, enters the final year of his rookie contract. He was used primarily on run downs. Harold’s ability to set the edge in the run game is an aspect of his game that Saleh highlighted late in the season.

The 49ers could buy low on Harold this offseason if they believe he is capable of making significant improvements as a pass rusher on base downs.

LS Kyle Nelson
The long-snapper is the most anonymous player on any football team. . . until he sails a ball over the head of the punter or holder. Nelson, 31, has been very good since his arrival in 2014. He is entering the final year of a four-year extension he signed in March of 2015.