Goodwin agrees to pay cut to remain on team

Goodwin agrees to pay cut to remain on team
May 24, 2013, 9:00 am
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Daniel Kilgore and Joe Looney will offer Jonathan Goodwin training camp competition at the center position. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Veteran center Jonathan Goodwin accepted a pay reduction of $1.2 million in base salary to strengthen his spot on the 49ers' roster and create enough cap space for the team to sign its three remaining unsigned draft picks.

Goodwin, who was scheduled to make $3.7 million in salary, saw his pay reduced to $2.5 million -- a $100,000 increase over his pay of a year ago, as first reported by USA Today.

In the process, his $5.016 million salary cap figure was reduced to approximately $3.8 million. In exchange, the 49ers have guaranteed $1 million of Goodwin's salary.

Goodwin has started every game for the 49ers at center since signing a three-year contract in August 2011. His streak of 70 consecutive starts is the fifth-longest among NFL centers.

There figures to be competition at the center position in training camp with Daniel Kilgore and Joe Looney seeing action in Goodwin's absence. Goodwin has not participated in the 49ers' offseason program.

The big reason Goodwin's job was seen as vulnerable was because of his scheduled salary. Now that part of the equation has been eliminated. Goodwin, 34, enters his 12th NFL season.

Goodwin becomes the third veteran player to increase his chances of remaining on the 49ers this season with a pay cut. Previously, outside linebacker Parys Haralson and wide receiver Mario Manningham agreed to have their salaries reduced.