Track and field star Marquise Goodwin is the latest offensive player to get in line to sign with the 49ers on Thursday.
Goodwin has agreed to terms with the 49ers, reports the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Goodwin (5 foot 9, 178 pounds) joins a growing list of players who appear ticketed to join 49ers once the official free-agent signing period begins on Thursday at 1 p.m.
The 49ers have reported agreements with quarterback Brian Hoyer, receiver Pierre Garçon and Goodwin. The team also appears likely to sign Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Free-agent contracts are not allowed to be signed until Thursday at 1 p.m., at the beginning of the new league year.
The 49ers and Buffalo Bills were the finalists for Juszczyk, according to a league source. The Bills have a contract agreement in place for Atlanta fullback Patrick DiMarco, which would seem to indicate Juszczyk is heading to the 49ers.
Goodwin, 26, is a four-year NFL veteran who caught a career-high 29 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Buffalo Bills. He was selected in the third round of the NFL draft.
Goodwin made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the long jump. He qualified with a jump of 27 feet, 4 ¼ inches at the Olympic trials. At the Olympics, he jumped 26-7 and finished in 10th place.
Jeremy Kerley and Bruce Ellington are currently the slot receivers on the 49ers' roster. Despite his size, Goodwin lined up in the slot for just 55 of the 390 pass routes he ran last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.
That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.
Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.
That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.
But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).
In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.
One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.
The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.
The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.
Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.
The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.
The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.
Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.