Photos of C Jonathan Goodwin with the New Orleans Saints. Photos by Michael C. Hebert.
The New Orleans Saints have signed C Jonathan Goodwin and DL Brandon Deaderickto one-year contracts. The club also has waived GMike Golic Jr.and ILB Spencer Hadley it was announced by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Goodwin, 6-3, 318, returns to New Orleans, where he played from 2006-10, after serving as the starting center of the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-13. Originally selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, Goodwin has appeared in 181 career regular season games with 106 starts, 93 taking place at center. He's a veteran of 16 postseason contests, opening the last 12 games. The durable Goodwin has opened 86 consecutive games, third most among active NFL centers.
In 2013, Goodwin started all 16 games at center for the fifth consecutive season for a San Francisco squad that reached the NFC Championship Game and ranked third in the NFL in rushing offense. The 12-year NFL veteran was chosen by his teammates as the 49ers recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. He also opened all three postseason contests.
Signing with New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent in 2006 and serving as a backup offensive lineman his first two seasons, Goodwin evolved into one of the quiet leaders of the Saints offense from 2008-10. The veteran opened the last 45 regular season games and four postseason contests he appeared in for the Black and Gold and was responsible for all of the calls and adjustments on the Saints' offensive front, which surrendered the third-fewest sacks in the NFL over that period. He earned Pro Bowl Honors in 2009 for the Super Bowl XLIV champions.
Goodwin was a top performer at Michigan, opening 20-of-29 games from 1999-2001 while playing every position on the offensive front except left tackle.
Deaderick, 6-4, 305, is a four-year NFL veteran, who has played in 47 career games with 15 starts and has posted career totals of 50 tackles (36 solo), 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed. Originally a seventh round draft pick (247th overall) of the New England Patriots in the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama, the Elizabethtown, Ky. native started 14 regular season games and five playoff contests along the New England defensive line over his first three seasons. In 2013, he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars and appeared in 13 games with one start as a part of their defensive line rotation and posted nine tackles (eight solo), 0.5 sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.