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Jonathan Goodwin back to the New Orleans Saints


Dec 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin (59) calls a play before he hikes the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. San Francisco 49ers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints and center Jonathan Goodwin have agreed to two terms on a deal.  Goodwin played in New Orleans from 2006-2010 before signing with the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.

He helped block the Saints’ way to a Super Bowl in 2009 where he earned a spot on the Pro Bowl roster as well.  The Saints have been struggling to find a starting center after losing Brian de la Puente to free agency.  Tim Lelito is the front runner to win the starting spot, but the addition of Goodwin will bring a little extra competition to the Big Easy.

I had a felling that the Saints were eventually going to bring in Goodwin after failing to address the need in the draft.  He brings leadership and experience to an offensive line and playbook that he is already familiar with, which will help guide some of the younger guys in the right direction.

Great move by the New Orleans Saints to bring in the veteran blocker.  Between Jonathan Goodwin, Tim Lelito, Mike Golic Jr and Matt Armstrong, the battle for starting center will now be something to keep an eye on during OTAs and training camp.  Goodwin was pretty much brought in for insurance purposes, but it will still make things interesting this summer.  Lelito should be in no danger of losing his position on the depth chart.