Saints Center Jonathan Goodwin is back with the team that gave him a chance to be starter. Goodwin played with the Saints from 2006 to 2010, and won a Super Bowl with New Orleans in 2009. Following the 2010 season, Goodwin left in free agency for the San Francisco 49ers, where he played three seasons.
Last week, Goodwin came back to New Orleans on a 1 year contract "It doesn't happen a lot in this league. I'm blessed and overjoyed about finishing my career in the place I had the most success" Goodwin said. The Saints are trying to fill a void at the center position with Goodwin and second year pro Tim Lelito "That's my understanding, and so far what I've seen from the coaching staff, that's my belief. Either way we'll have a good player at that position".
Goodwin helped solidify the 49ers as one of the top teams in the NFC during his time in the Bay area, and provides a tremendous amount of experience and leadership at center. Familiarity is what Goodwin has going for him in his second stint with the Saints: "It's been easy to transition for me. I am familiar with the terms and play calls. I've been able to play fast because I know the system."
Goodwin joked Guard Jahri Evans has been driving him crazy to return to New Orleans once Brian de la Puente left in free agency to the Chicago Bears. It's way too early to tell who has the edge between Goodwin and Lelito, and this position battle won't be determined until training camp and the preseason.