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August 3, 2011
Niners sign veteran center Goodwin for three years

The 49ers have signed free-agent center Jonathan Goodwin to a three-year deal, according to a league source. Goodwin, 32, was a 16-game starter the last two seasons for the Saints, which includes their Super Bowl run in 2009. Goodwin made the Pro Bowl as an alternate after that season.


The 49ers have been happy with how six-year veteran Adam Snyder has performed at the position so far in training camp. But while Snyder has started at both guard and both tackle positions over his career, he has never handled a snap in an NFL game. A nine-year veteran, Goodwin (6-3, 318 pounds) gives the 49ers and their young offensive line a more experienced presence. He also handled Sean Payton's complex offense in New Orleans and was particularly good at pulling and blocking downfield.

After losing free-agent center David Baas to the Giants at the start of free agency, the 49ers now have several players at the position. They re-signed Tony Wragge, who started two games there in 2006, to a one-year deal last week. Rookies Chase Beeler and Adam Kilgore also have been lining up at center with the backup offensive lines.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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