NFL CAREER – After serving as the club’s starting center from 2008-10, Jonathan Goodwin returned to New Orleans late in the 2014 offseason after spending the last three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and will compete for the starting slot in the middle. The 12-year NFL veteran has started the last 86 regular season games he has appeared in, ranked third in the NFL among active centers, as well as 12 straight postseason games for the Saints and 49ers. Goodwin first joined the Saints in 2006 after being signed as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Jets. In his career, he has played in 181 games, with 108 starts, and made 16 postseason appearances with 12 starts.
HONORS – 2013: 49ers recipient of Ed Block Courage Award; 2009: Pro Bowl.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by the Saints to a one-year contract (UFA-SF), 6/2/14; Signed by the San Francisco 49ers to a three-year contract (UFA-NO), 8/3/11; Re-signed to a three-year contract, 2/27/08; Signed by the Saints to a two-year contract (UFA-NYJ), 3/27/06; Signed to a one-year contract by the New York Jets (RFA), 4/5/05; Signed to three-year contract by the Jets, 7/24/02; Selected by the Jets in fifth round (154th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.
2013 – In his third season in San Francisco, started all 16 regular season games and all three postseason contests for a team that advanced to the NFC Championship. 2012 – In his second season in San Francisco, started all 16 regular season games and all three postseason contests for a team that advanced to the Super Bowl. 2011 – In his first season in San Francisco, started all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests for a team that advanced to the NFC Championship. 2010 – Started all 16 games and one playoff game at C…Part of one of only two offensive lines in the NFL to start all 16 games, a unit that surrendered only 26 sacks, fifth lowest in the league…Run and pass blocking helped the Saints average 372.5 yards per game, the NFL’s sixth-highest figure. 2009 – Started all 16 games at C...Part of a unit that allowed only 20 sacks, the NFL’s fourth-lowest total, while on the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense…Voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career…Joined as a Pro Bowl selection by guard Jahri Evans and tackle Jon Stinchcomb, the first time the Saints have had three players from the same position group in the game since 1992 (when linebackers Rickey Jackson, Vaughn Johnson, Sam Mills and Pat Swilling all received the honor)…Opened all three postseason games…Was an integral part of the offensive line that helped the Saints finish with a club-record 510 points…The Saints also had 348 first downs and gained an NFL-best 6,461 yards, both the second-highest totals in history…The line’s blocking for the NFL’s sixth-ranked rushing offense enabled the Saints to set a franchise record averaging 4.5 yards per carry, the league’s seventh-highest total…In three postseason contests, the offensive front only allowed QB Drew Brees to be dropped for a loss twice. 2008 – Started all 13 games he appeared in, missing three contests with an injured knee…Offensive line allowed only 13 sacks – a club record – despite the Saints leading the NFL in passing attempts…The blocking by Goodwin and the offensive line allowed the Saints to finish first in the NFL with a club-record 463 points and franchise best 6,571 yards…Injured left knee at Carolina, Oct. 19, and Placed on the inactive list for the next three games…Returned to action vs. Green Bay, Nov. 24, and the Saints would score 51 points…Played in 100th career game vs. Carolina, Dec. 28. 2007 – Played in 13 games, starting two…On active roster but did not play in three contests…Appeared primarily on special teams until vs. Atlanta, Oct. 21, when he subbed for injured Jeff Faine and threw a key with his block on a 24-yard TD run by RB Pierre Thomas…Had a standout performance vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 4, helping the offense to a big day while taking on powerful DT tandem of John Henderson and Marcus Stroud...Returned to special teams units for remainder of season. 2006 – Appeared in all 16 games, primarily on special teams, also playing C vs. Carolina, Dec. 31. 2005 – Saw action on offensive line and on special teams for the first five weeks…Came off bench in Week Six at Buffalo after C Kevin Mawae was injured…Had fourth career start (at LG) at Atlanta, Oct. 24, where he started rest of season. 2004 – Saw time on special teams and as reserve at G…Made first career start at RG vs. San Francisco, Oct. 17, and started next two games. 2003 – Played in 15 games, mostly on special teams, and in rotation at RG. 2002 – Played in 13 of 16 games, primarily on special teams.
COLLEGE – Began career at Ohio University before transferring to the University of Michigan in 1998…Started 20-of-29 career games…Played four positions (C, RG, LG and RT) for the Wolverines…All-Big 10 as senior…Sat out 1998 under NCAA transfer rules…Started every game at RG as a freshman at Ohio.
PERSONAL – Brother Harold, played G at Michigan and is offensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals…Sports Management and Communications major...“Top 100” choice as a senior at Lower Richland (S.C.) HS as a senior…Born Dec. 2, 1978 in Columbia, S.C.
Center Jonathan Goodwin talks about preparing for the regular season with reporters on Friday, August 29, 2014. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)
Center Jonathan Goodwin speaks with New Orleans media after Thursday's OTA on June 5 about rejoining the Saints. (New Orleans Saints video)