The Chicago Bears added Marquise Goodwin to serve as a speedy wide receiver option for new quarterback Andy Dalton.
Dalton has been in Chicago for a few months, and he’s already receiving more support from the Bears front office than his rival counterpart in Green Bay. This is by no means suggesting Dalton will put up similar statistics or accolades to Rodgers next season, but if anything that makes the addition of a player like Goodwin all the more insulting.
Signed ironically enough while Rodgers was hosting his final Jeopardy! segment, Goodwin has appeared in 75 NFL games with 40 starts over seven seasons with the Bills (2013-16) and 49ers (2017-19), catching 140 passes for 2,323 yards and 13 touchdowns. He even represented the United States in the 2012 Olympics as a long jumper. This is a man of many talents, most notably running downfield faster than just about any cornerback in football.
What does Marquise Goodwin bring to the Bears offense?
Assuming the Bears keep Allen Robinson around, Goodwin provides a solid robin to his batman, taking more pressure off Chicago’s No. 1 option and giving Dalton another outlet downfield.
Goodwin’s signing also removes the need for the Bears to select a wide receiver early in the NFL Draft. This isn’t to say they should avoid taking a wideout altogether if someone high on their board is available, but Goodwin is still young enough (30) to outperform most rookies.
As for Rodgers in Green Bay, he’s still rolling with Marquez Valdes-Scantling as his No. 2 wideout, and even more uncertainty beyond that. In Chicago, they just sit back and laugh.