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49ers sign Marquise Goodwin to three-year extension

49ers sign Marquise Goodwin to three-year extension

"From the minute Marquise joined our team, he has shown us everything we want to see in a 49er", general manager John Lynch said in a written statement. He started all 16 games for San Francisco last season and registered a career-high 56 receptions for 962 yards (also a career-high) with two touchdowns. He was their third receiver, a third banana to Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. After the season, teammates voted him the victor of the Len Eshmont Award, which goes to the 49er who best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team.

For a team that finished the season with just 30 sacks, the absolute top need is edge rusher, though there does not appear to be the talent in free agency for the 49ers to address the position on the open market. "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 previous year".

Goodwin took over as the 49ers' number one receiver after a neck injury ended the season of Pierre Garçon after eight games. He was also San Francisco's victor of the Ed Block Courage Award, which is presented to the player that exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage.

Other 49ers signed to extensions this offseason are Garoppolo, center Daniel Kilgore, offensive tackle Garry Gilliam, defensive end Cassius Marsh and linebacker Mark Nzeocha. And in 2012, he was an Olympic long jumper.

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In Garoppolo's five starts, Goodwin had 29 catches for 384 yards.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo isn't the only member of the 49ers offense with a new deal from the team.

He narrowly missed out on a 1,000-yard season when he was knocked out of the season finale against the Rams with a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by Blake Countess.

San Francisco announced the pact on Thursday afternoon. Goodwin has had at least four concussions in his career. "I know the game I play is tough, it's physical, and things like that happen at some point". Goodwin had initially signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the 49ers in 2017 after spending his first four years in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills out of Texas. "But I think the people in the stands were more scared than I was, I guess from how it looked and me being unconscious for a few seconds". Goodwin wanted the opportunity to become a consistent contributor in the passing game and Kyle Shanahan's success with the receiver position made San Francisco the ideal landing spot.


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