SANTA CLARA Marquise Goodwins debut season with the 49ers earned him a three-year contract extension Thursday, thus keeping one of the NFLs fastest and increasingly versatile receivers in play for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Its not only a just reward but also an indication Goodwin is fully recovered from a concussion-causing hit that required him to get carted off the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum field in the season finale.
From the minute Marquise joined our team, he has shown us everything we want to see in a 49er, general manger 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.
A year ago, Goodwin signed among the 49ers initial wave of free agents (two years, $6 million), and he responded with a career-high 56 receptions and 962 yards.
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, Lynch added.
Goodwins extension is worth up to $20.3 million, including $10 million guaranteed, ESPNs Josina Anderson first reported.
”My goal is to stay healthy and win games, that’s it,” Goodwin said on a media conference call.
Two plays perhaps best defined Goodwins season. The first was an 83-yard touchdown reception to spark the 49ers first win of the season after an 0-9 start, and mere hours after his son died from pregnancy complications. The second play showed how inspirational he was, as his teammates rallied strong (and produced a Arlie Hyde touchdown run) after Goodwin left with a concussion on an illegal hit in the season finale.
Goodwin watched that touchdown from a television in the 49ers locker room before going to the hospital for an exam. “That was awesome to have my teammates have that type of energy and passion when I went down,” Goodwin said. “It shows the type of locker room and type of guys we have.”
As for the hit, Goodwin was asked if it scared him into thinking his career might be in jeopardy, to which he replied: “I was not scared at all. I know the game I play. Its tough, its physical and things like that happen.
”People in the stands were more scared than I was, I guess, from how it looked and me being unconscious for a few seconds. Im blessed and looking forward to being healthy going into 2018 with new opportunities.”
Goodwin especially clicked with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as the 49ers closed the season in 5-0 fashion. Goodwin, known more as just a down-field threat in his previous seasons with the Buffalo Bills, showed greater versatility as he took over as the 49ers top wide receiver once Pierre Garcon sustained a season-ending neck injury at midseason.
Goodwins 962 receiving yards led the 49ers and he had the NFLs third-best receiving average of 17.2 yards per catch. He had just two touchdown receptions.
Goodwin politely declined to reveal if and/or where he and other receivers might meet up with Garoppolo over the next six weeks to prepare for the offseason program, which opens April 16.
Teammates honored Goodwin with the Len Eshmont Award their most prestigious honor for inspiration and courage. For his professionalism and cooperation with the media, Goodwin also won the Garry Niver Award from the San Francisco chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America.
He and his wife spent the past week touring Thailand, where posing for a picture with a tiger proved daring.
”I got to meet a tiger face to face — actually face to (the tiger’s) back,” Goodwin said laughing. “As you can imagine the adrenaline I had, I probably could have run 3.9 (seconds) in the 40 (yard dash) had he been facing me.”
Other 49ers signed to extensions this offseason are Garoppolo, center Daniel Kilgore, offensive tackle Garry Gilliam, defensive end Cassius Marsh and linebacker Mark Nzeocha.
Starters slated to hit free agency next Wednesday are running back Carlos Hyde, safety Eric Reid, cornerback Dontae Johnson, guard Brandon Fusco and defensive ends Tank Carradine and Aaron Lynch.
Prior to Goodwins extension, the 49ers had $66.3 million in salary cap space, and its unknown yet how much Goodwins deal shaves off that figure and whether it would deter the 49ers from pursuing a free agent receiver such as Allen Robinson.