Former O-Linemen of Saints Super Bowl Era Near Their End

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It’s All Good-win

Nov 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints center Jonathan Goodwin (55) looks on in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Bengals defeated the Saints 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The first to leave the Saints was center Jonathan Goodwin, who was considered a solid anchor on the offensive line for the Saints.

Goodwin left to pursue a slightly bigger contract in free agency than he got from the Saints in 2008, which was a 3-yr, $8.5 million dollar deal and a previous 2-yr deal for $2.7 million in 2006 when he first joined the team.

On August 3 2011, Goodwin signed with the San Francisco 49ers on a 3-yr, $10.9 million dollar contract to be their starting center, with the Saints filling the void by signing free agent Olin Kreutz, formerly of the Chicago Bears 2006 Super Bowl team.

Kreutz would suddenly decide halfway through the 2011 season that he no longer desired to play football, which forced back-up guard Brian De La Puente into the center spot.

Goodwin would be part of the team that reached the NFC Championship in his first year with the 49ers, and then the following year made it to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens in a nail-biter of a game.

In 2014 after the 49ers let him go in free agency, he rejoined the Saints on a 1-yr, $1.02 million dollar contract and started 14 games.

Following that in 2015, Goodwin wasn’t re-signed due to the Max Unger trade with the Seattle Seahawks, and has yet to sign with another team and most likely won’t.

Of the players that have left the offensive line for bigger horizons though, Goodwin has come the closest to seeing some success in another world championship — unlike these following players….

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