Goodwin: 'I'm not guy that would want hang on for wrong reasons'
In his third season with the 49ers, center Jonathan Goodwin has started all 46 games with the team. (USATSI)
SANTA CLARA – Center Jonathan Goodwin, a 12-year NFL veteran, does not know if he’ll be wanted or whether he wants to return for a 13th season.
He said he has thought about retirement but no decision has been made about next season. Goodwin said he plans to decide in the offseason what he’ll do next.
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Goodwin, who has started every game since signing with the 49ers three seasons ago, was named the 49ers recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award on Friday.
“I feel like I’m still playing at a high level,” Goodwin said. “These guys around me bring out the best in me. They push me just as much as I push them. I feel like my play hasn’t fallen off. Being that I will be a free agent, I still need a contract to be able to still play. So we’ll see what happens in the offseason.
“I wouldn’t want to hang on for the wrong reasons. I wouldn’t want to go out like that.”
Goodwin and his wife, Alneesa, have three children, ages 8, 5 and 11 months. They home school during the season and re-enroll in school in South Carolina during the offseason.
“Definitely having kids and moving them back and forth, and their schooling, things like that factor in,” Goodwin said. “When the season’s over with, I’ll talk to my wife and my agent and just go from there.”
Goodwin accepted a pay cut from $3.7 million to $2.5 million in the offseason to return for the final year of the three-year deal he signed with the 49ers in 2011.