Jonathan Goodwin appears set to return to the Saints.
The 35-year-old center, who played for New Orleans from 2006 through 2010, has reached a deal with the Saints, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reported Monday. The contract is expected to be finalized on Tuesday, per ESPN.
Goodwin (6-3, 318) figures to push second-year pro Tim Lelito for the starting job in the middle of the Saints’ line.
Goodwin had been the 49ers’ starting center for the last three seasons. He has made 86 consecutive regular season starts dating back to 2008.