Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin (59) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Saints Bring In Familiar Face For Visit

It has been hinted at for quite some time now, but things got a bit more interesting today, as free agent center Jonathan Goodwin visited the New Orleans Saints today, as per ESPN’s Mike Triplett.

#Saints brought in former C Jonathan Goodwin for a visit today, per league source. A reunion possible. Makes a lot of sense.

— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) April 16, 2014

After spending the first several seasons with the New York Jets (2003-2005), Goodwin would join the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to 2010. He would depart via free agency, and spend the past several seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
‘Goody’ was/is a fan favorite of Who Dat Nation, and was a huge staple in the New Orleans Saints offensive line during his tenure. The 49ers passed on Goodwin in February, as he’d never heard from the team. He contemplated retiring, but stated his intentions of playing more football.
Goodwin, who turned 35 in December, has been linked to the Saints for a while now, and as Triplett suggests, the reason he makes sense is primarily because of the familiarity with quarterback Drew Brees. Goodwin would also help the Saints in their offensive rushing attack, something the 49ers are known for.
While there has not been any official announcement of a deal, the Saints certainly have the cap space (at this point) to afford Goodwin. The team let their former center, Brian de la Puente, test free agency, and he eventually found a home in Chicago for a low price. While one wonders why de la Puente didn’t draw more outside interest, this move could help solidify the team’s thought process on the center position.
Second year guard Tim Lelito was the other consideration for the team’s center position.

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