According to reports, the Seahawks might be interested in signing receiver Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin is fast but he is good enough to help? And would Russell Wilson rather have Antonio Brown than Goodwin? There can be no doubt that Goodwin is not as good as Brown but would he potentially be better in the locker room?
So those are a lot of questions and there are even more when it comes to Goodwin. He will be 30 years old when the 2021 season begins so one could ask if he is as fast as he once was. True, he didn’t play in 2020 as he opted-out but he still has played seven years in the NFL and with the hits a receiver takes, there is likely no way that Goodwin is as fast as he was when he entered the league in 2013.
Think 2013 wasn’t that long ago? In comparison, that was the year that the Seahawks won the Super Bowl and that seems like a long time ago at this point.
Seahawks would be better off with a different receiver than Goodwin
If I am honest, and as much as I am not a big fan of Brown off the field, Brown is a better player than Goodwin and therefore gives the Seahawks a better opportunity to win games in 2021. Goodwin has had one season with more than 431 yards receiving. (Brown had 483 yards in 8 games in 2020 with the Buccaneers.) Goodwin is also a health risk having played just one full season and having missed five or more games in four of his seven seasons.
Goodwin appears to be simply a slightly more productive Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett signed with the Seahawks last offseason and never played a down as he was out with injury. Dorsett was a free agent this offseason and has signed with the Jaguars. In his career, Goodwin has caught just 50 percent of his targets.
He was targeted 105 times by the 49ers in 2017, by far the highest of any year in his career. But he caught just 56 of those targets and scored two touchdowns. For a player with Goodwin’s extreme speed, he doesn’t turn catches into points and it seems as if he would more often as he should be able to blaze by defensive backs.
Goodwin would be less expensive than Antonio Brown. But I bet Russell Wilson would rather have Brown and Brown would make the Seahawks a better offense. Goodwin would likely just be a one-year fill-in while Seattle tries to answer the same question of who to have as a third option at wideout in 2022.