Jun 022014

The Saints needed a center, after letting Brian De La Puente leave this off-season. Tom DeLito was scheduled to be their starter at the position, but the 2013 undrafted free agent struggled through 162 snaps at right guard last season. Goodwin is going into his age 36 season, but he could have another season left in his tank. Interior offensive linemen tend to have among the longest careers in the NFL. While he’s shown decline, he still graded out above average as Pro Football Focus’ 14th ranked center last season, struggling some in pass protection, but continuing to excel as a run blocker. On run blocking alone, he was 7th at his position. Bringing him back on a one-year minimum deal was wise.

Grade: A

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