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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The Saints signed one of the top available centers this week, adding Jonathan Goodwin, who has five seasons of previous experience with New Orleans. Pull up the starting lineup for the Saints’ win in Super Bowl XLIV, and Goodwin is ...

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Old 06-05-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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Sean Payton: Jonathan Goodwin, Tim Lelito will compete at center

The Saints signed one of the top available centers this week, adding Jonathan Goodwin, who has five seasons of previous experience with New Orleans. Pull up the starting lineup for the Saints’ win in Super Bowl XLIV, and Goodwin is right in the middle of an offensive line that gave Drew Brees the time to complete 32-of-39 passes in his MVP-winning performance.

Given Goodwin’s history with the Saints, and given that his primary competitor for the job (Tim Lelito) has just two career starts to his credit, it’s perhaps logical to wonder if Goodwin will eventually capture the starting role.

However, Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters Thursday that Goodwin does not have an edge on Lelito at the moment.

“You are never just given a position,” Payton said, according to the club. “Tim has done a lot of good things and we are excited about his progress, and a guy like Jonathan who has played a long time, I think it’ll make both of them better.”

Both centers, Payton said, “are going to have a good shot at playing for us.”

Whether Goodwin wins the job or not, the Saints now have more options at the position. In some ways, it’s akin to when the Saints had Olin Kreutz and Brian de la Puente at center three years ago. When Kreutz retired during the 2011 campaign, de la Puente stepped in and held the starting job through 2013. Note that Goodwin is just on a one-year deal and turns 36 in December.

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Re: Sean Payton: Jonathan Goodwin, Tim Lelito will compete at center

His salary makes it tough to keep him if he doesn't win the staring job in camp.
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His salary makes it tough to keep him if he doesn't win the staring job in camp.
Goodwin signed for vet minimum.
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Re: Sean Payton: Jonathan Goodwin, Tim Lelito will compete at center

Jonathan Goodwin signed a 1 year / $1.02 million contract with the New Orleans Saints, including a $65,000 signing bonus, $125,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $1,020,000.
Contract: 1 yr(s) / $1,020,000 Signing Bonus $65,000 Average Salary $1,020,000 Guaranteed: $125,000 Free Agent: 2015 / Unrestricted
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Re: Sean Payton: Jonathan Goodwin, Tim Lelito will compete at center

The Saints signed center Jonathan Goodwin to a one-year deal on Tuesday with a base salary of $955,000, which is the minimum salary for a veteran of more than 10 years.
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Re: Sean Payton: Jonathan Goodwin, Tim Lelito will compete at center

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The Saints signed center Jonathan Goodwin to a one-year deal on Tuesday with a base salary of $955,000, which is the minimum salary for a veteran of more than 10 years.
And Lelito is at $456,666 (including his dead money)

So the difference between the two is only 500,000. Chump change I tell ya.
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Re: Sean Payton: Jonathan Goodwin, Tim Lelito will compete at center

The details are in on center Jonathan Goodwin's contract with the New Orleans Saints. He signed a one-year, $1.02 million deal that will count $635,000 against the Saints cap under rules that promote the signing of veteran players to minimum-benefit deals.

Goodwin received a signing bonus of $65,000 and a base salary of $955,000 -- of which $60,000 is fully guaranteed.

The Saints are now $1.72 million under the salary cap, according to the NFL Players Association.

Jonathan Goodwin's contract/cap update - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN

i think he stays unless a miracle happens an one of the young bucs step up. he can play both guard and center so he is pretty safe to stick.

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