Veteran center Jonathan Goodwin, who started every game for the 49ers the past three seasons, will reportedly return to the New Orleans Saints.
Goodwin reached a contract agreement Monday with the Saints, ESPN reported. Earlier, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported the sides were working on a deal that was expected to be announced on Tuesday.
Goodwin, 35, a 12-year veteran, was the 49ers’ winner of the Ed Block Courage Award last season. He has started 86 consecutive regular-season games. Prior to signing with the 49ers in 2011, Goodwin spent five seasons with the Saints.
He was a starter on their Super Bowl XLIV title team.
In an effort to get younger, the 49ers awarded a contract extension to center Daniel Kilgore in the offseason and drafted Marcus Martin of USC in the third round of the draft.
The Saints’ signing of Goodwin will take place after the deadline for it to be counted in the formula for compensatory picks.
Goodwin will have a chance to face his former team, as the 49ers play in New Orleans on Nov. 9.