The New Orleans Saints and free agent center Jonathan Goodwin agreed to terms on a deal Monday afternoon. 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. Second-year man 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 2014 NFL Draft. He did visit the Black and Gold back in April prior to the draft. The two-time Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award winner brings leadership and experience to an offensive line and playbook that he is already familiar with, which will help guide some of the younger players in the right direction.
It is a great move by the Saints to bring in the veteran blocker. Between Goodwin, Lelito, Mike Golic Jr and Matt Armstrong, the battle for starting center will be something to keep an eye on during OTAs and training camp. Goodwin was likely brought in for insurance purposes, so Lelito should be in no danger of losing his position on the depth chart.