Report: Saints Bring In C Jonathan Goodwin For A Visit

Mike Triplett of ESPN, citing a league source, reports that the Saints brought in their former C Jonathan Goodwin for a visit Wednesday. Triplett adds that a reunion is “possible” and “makes a lot of sense.” Goodwin, 35, has spent the past three seasons as the starting center for the 49ers before being released.  Goodwin began his career in 2002 with the New York Jets...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The New Orleans Saints' Center of Attention

Aside from special teams, center may be the most anonymous position in football. Think about it, how many centers can you name relative to other positions? Probably not too many, unless you are an offensive line enthusiast. Anonymity aside, centers are incredibly important to the rhythm of an offense as they touch the ball on every play and must be completely in tune with the quarterback...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears sign C Brian De La Puente

This is one of the biggest bargains of free agency. Brian De La Puente has been a starter in New Orleans for 3 years since Jonathan Goodwin left following the 2010 season. In those 3 seasons, De La Puente has been an above average starting center, grading out 12th, 2nd, and 16th among centers on Pro Football Focus in 2011, 2012, and 2013 respectively. He’s also only going into...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Saints must draft a center. A look at the best rookie centers ☆

With the loss of Brian de la Puente going to the Bears the Saints need a center. Not that the Saints ever truly wanted to keep him as evidenced by the deal he received to be a backup. There is no way I can get on board with the notion that Tim Lelito is the starting center for the Saints in 2014. Even if he is, it would need to be by virtue of earning that distinction by beating...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Best remaining NFL free agents by position

The first wave is over, as the NFL version of “Black Friday” came and went with teams shelling out millions of dollars during the first couple days of free agency. And the second surge has come and gone, with players and teams who decided to be patient, checking out the total landscape, having made decisions. Now, the NFL appears to be in somewhat of a waiting period. Teams have...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Remaining Free Agents

 There are still many talented players remaining on the free agency market. Who are those players? 1. Chris Johnson – Running Back Johnson is still a very good running back with outstanding speed and big play ability. He’d be a great pickup for teams in need of a good, true #1 running back. 2. Alex Mack – CenterMack is most likely going to stay with the Browns because of...
Via Everything Colts
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints waiting on a move from Brian de la Puente ☆

I’m surprised that Brian de la Puente has made it this far into free agency. Evidently the center has yet to receive the offer he was hoping for. The New York Giants expressed interest in de la Puente a good 20 days ago but nothing has come to fruition as of yet. Ten days ago de la Puente had a visit with the Redskins, but again no contract was finalized. Since then, the Redskins...
Via The Saints Nation
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Free Agents Still Available the Saints Could Target

With most of the top tier guys off the market teams are slowly working towards the bargain basement shopping portion of free agency. Jairus Byrd was the big fish the Saints were able to land, and retaining Zach Strief was huge too, but at this point I find it hard to imagine the Saints will sign a guy with significant cost. That doesn't mean there's not some good players...
Via The Saints Nation
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Free Agents Still Available the Saints Could Target

With most of the top tier guys off the market teams are slowly working towards the bargain basement shopping portion of free agency. Jairus Byrd was the big fish the Saints were able to land, and retaining Zach Strief was huge too, but at this point I find it hard to imagine the Saints will sign a guy with significant cost. That doesn't mean there's not some good players...
Via The Saints Nation
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy NFL New Year for the 49ers

Al Bello/Getty Images Richard Balagot March 12, 2014 marked not only the beginning of the NFL’s free agent signing period, but also the official start of the 2014 NFL season. As it is with the calendar New Year, hope springs eternal as teams look to rebuild their rosters. With all the success the San Francisco 49ers have had drafting and developing players, they’ve had an equal...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Interview with Former Saint and Current Free Agent Jonathan Goodwin

On the day free agency starts, I dropped a line to our good friend Jonathan Goodwin to catch up on a multitude of topics. Of course I wanted to ask him about the upcoming process of free agency, and reflect some on his career as well. He needs no introduction and you'll remember him as a Pro Bowler in the Super Bowl title year that anchored the Saints' offensive line at center...
Via The Saints Nation
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

With few draft needs, 49ers might as well add to one of their strongest position groups

With few immediate needs to address in the upcoming draft, the San Francisco 49ers are the envy of the National Football League. One of those needs appeared to be at center, as I wrote last week. But the team all but named Daniel Kilgore its center of the future on Thursday by signing the backup through 2017. It doesn’t look like the 49ers are going to bring back free agent Jonathan...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: More drama between 49ers, Harbaugh; contract talks; free agency news

Niner News - 49ers’ Daniel Kilgore signs three-year contract extension The 49ers’ first contract extension of this offseason belongs to center Daniel Kilgore. Kilgore received a three year extension that runs through 2017. Kilgore has never started a game in his three seasons with the 49ers. The extension suggests current 49ers starting center, Jonathan Goodwin, will likely depart...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Goodwin hasn’t heard from the 49ers

var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; With the start of free agency right around the corner,  center Jonathan Goodwin told that he hasn’t heard from the 49ers in regards to getting a contract extension done. Jonathan Goodwin, 35, who started every game the past three seasons, has not heard anything from the...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

G/C Daniel Kilgore Agrees to Three Year Contract Extension with 49ers

Sean McMahonThe San Francisco 49ers and guard/center Daniel Kilgore have agreed to a three year contract extension today, effectively keeping the offensive linemen in Red and Gold throughout the 2017 season. Kilgore was a fifth round pick out of Appalachian State in 2011, but has yet to see significant playing time on the offensive line due to the bevy of talented names ahead of...
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers turn to former 5th round draft pick Daniel Kilgore as their new starter; Signed to 3 year deal

On Thursday, the 49ers reached a three-year extension agreement with center Daniel Kilgore, the organization announced on Thursday. Kilgore was entering the final year of his rookie contract.Kilgore, 26, is expected to replace Jonathan Goodwin as the starter. “We are pleased to extend the contract of a talented, young player like Dan,” 49ers general manager […]The post 49ers...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers, Daniel Kilgore agree to 3-year extension

The San Francisco 49ers and offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season. The 49ers announced the deal Thursday. San Francisco selected Kilgore in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Appalachian State. He has played in 33 regular-season games, plus all six playoff games the last two seasons. He has split time at guard...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Daniel Kilgore signs Three-Year Extension

The 49ers and offensive lineman have agreed on a three-year extension, that runs through the 2017 season. ‘We are pleased to extend the contract of a talented, young player like Dan,’ said General Manager Trent Baalke. ‘This move is another example of our philosophy to extend the contracts of our own young players.’ With the extension for Kilgore it looks like UFA and past...
Via 49ersNews
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 OL hitting free agency: If the 49ers can, should they pursue center Alex Mack?

The 49ers have had one of the finest offensive lines the past few years; a veteran group that has allowed the team to remain in Super Bowl contention as a throwback run-first outfit. While the 49ers had their struggles passing the ball in 2013, Frank Gore reeled off his seventh thousand-yard rushing season at the ripe age of 30. That was due in large part to Joe Staley (LT), Mike...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agents: 49ers 2014

Free agency begins March 11th and the 49ers have some decisions to make regarding their free agents. The 49ers have 13 free agents and at the top of that list are wide receiver Anquan Boldin, safety Donte Whitner and placekicker Phil Dawson. The 49ers will not be able to re-sign all of their free agents, so they’ll have to decide which free agents will give them the best value...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

A Hole in the Middle?

The 49ers have had one of the league's best offensive lines since the arrival of center Jonathan Goodwin in 2011. With his status up in the air this offseason, we look into potential replacements for the 35-year-old free agent with an eye toward future salary cap implications. Could Trent Baalke draft another lineman in the early rounds? The answer is inside.
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Three areas the 49ers need to improve in next season

With a loaded roster and plenty of playoff and Super Bowl experience, what will it take for San Fran to get over the hump? The 49ers have had some heartbreaking endings to their past 3 seasons. 2011: They were two muffed punts by former Niner Kyle Williams from reaching the big game. 2012: They reached the big stage in New Orleans. After a sluggish first half, they fell 5 yards short...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Goodwin expected to leave 49ers via free agency

San Francisco 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin is expected to leave via free agency. Goodwin, 35, has been open to returning to the 49ers but the team is prepping to move on with Daniel Kilgore or Joe Looney in his place says CSN Bay Area‘s Matt Maiocco. The 49ers could simply go for a long-term option in the draft. Their decision may come down to who is left when their picks come...
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers K Phil Dawson “Absolutely” Wants to Re-Sign

49ers impending free agent K Phil Dawson mentioned that he “absolutely” wants to re-sign with San Francisco this offseason, per Steve Corkran. 49ers C Jonathan Goodwin also said that he is open to re-signing with the team as well. Dawson is confident that contract discussions to begin in the coming weeks. He will turn 39 this week, but he has been as reliable as ever for...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Two of Kaepernick's best games against Green Bay

Colin Kaepernick has no idea why two of his best games as a pro have come against the very team he grew up cheering as a Packers cheesehead. He has beaten Green Bay nearly every way imaginable in two meetings over the past year. In a sensational playoff debut last January, he used his speedy legs to run for a quarterback playoff-record 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In the...
Via AP on Fox
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

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