Don’t think the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t still tweaking their roster.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded for Marquise Goodwin in the offseason with the intention of bolstering a wide receiver corps that was ravaged by injuries and inefficiency in 2019. Their quarterback, Carson Wentz, threw for over 4,000 yards, but he did so in spite of an inexperienced bunch that dropped 19 passes over the course of the year.
Since the NFL Draft, the expectation has been that, in 2020, rookie Jalen Reagor and Goodwin would upgrade the wide receiver position and that they’d provide an element of speed the team lacked in 2019. That plan will need to be altered now slightly as the former Olympian, Goodwin, announced that he’s made the decision to opt-out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s a tweet from his social media account if you missed it.
Goodwin cites his wife and daughter as the reason for deciding not to play football in the midst of the pandemic. He said that he was grateful for the opportunity the NFL has given him to play the game he loves so much and that he has been blessed to play since he was nine years old. He also added that, after choosing to weigh whether or not to play, he was inclined to make the right decision in his mind by finally choosing to put his family first.
While the Eagles respect and fully support Goodwin’s decision, the season must go on, and there will, no doubt be questions about whether or not they’ll just promote someone currently on the roster or if adding someone from the outside is a real option.
Right now, many of you are thinking about the financial implications about adding someone, especially with Philly’s 2021 cap already being in bad shape and the possibility of games without fans adding to the stress of every owner about their income. Still, even with all of that being said, if you think that’s going to stop Howie Roseman from tweaking this roster if he has an opportunity to improve it, you’re mistaken. With that being said, let’s dive into Goodwin’s numbers some and, then, discuss three potential replacements for Goodwin if Philly is interested in exploring the remaining free agents at wide receiver.