San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Goodwin

The San Francisco 49ers will have their mandatory minicamp from Tuesday-Thursday. Here’s some things to watch for:

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Will Davis and Boone show? Both tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone have stayed away from the voluntary portion of the offseason. That’s over. Starting Tuesday, everything the 49ers do as a team is mandatory and each player can be fined if they aren’t present. Davis said he expects to be at the minicamp. Boone has not said a word publicly about his plans. However, I’ve gotten the sense Boone is prepared not to show up until he gets a new deal. If neither player is at practice Tuesday, they will be holdouts and the stakes will change with their absences.

The cornerbacks: This is the biggest position of change. Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are gone. Chris Culliver will start, but he is still working back from a torn ACL that kept him out all of last season. He should be fine for camp, but don’t expect him to go full-go in this camp. First-round pick Jimmie Ward is set to be the nickelback, but he is coming off a foot injury. He should be ready for training camp. A player of note in the minicamp is free-agent pickup Chris Cook. He will be in the rotation. Cook, who signed from Minnesota, has ideal size. He has looked good in the OTA sessions.

Offensive line: This unit, the pride and joy of the 49ers, should be fine in the long run, but it’s a little rough right now. Boone has been absent. Right tackle Anthony Davis is recovering from a shoulder injury and won’t be there until camp. Daniel Kilgore is taking over from Jonathan Goodwin and trying to hold off rookie Marcus Martin at center. Again, things will settle down, but don’t expect a well-oiled unit this week.

Passing game: Most of the receivers have been out during the voluntary sessions, mostly as precautions or for minor injuries. The passing game was rough in the OTA session that was open to the media last Tuesday. I’d expect to see more receivers during this camp, which is vital to help rhythm with quarterback Colin Kaepernick heading into training camp.

Inside linebackers: NaVorro Bowman is expected to be out until midseason as he recovers from a torn ACL. Michael Wilhoite has the inside shot to start for Bowman, but he will have to hold off Nick Moody and third-round pick Chris Borland.

Pass-rushers: Aldon Smith may face an NFL suspension. The 49ers need some extra pass-rush help. Keys to watch in camp is defensive lineman Tank Carradine, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, and second-year player Corey Lemonier, who looks like he’s added several pounds of muscle. The 49ers would love to see these two young players show a burst in this camp.

Marcus Lattimore: The 49ers are slowly bringing along the 2013 fourth-round draft pick. He has done some things in the OTA session, including showing nice hands out of the backfield. I wouldn’t expect Lattimore to go full-go in this camp, but the 49ers want to see continued comfort, speed and confidence from Lattimore, whom they hope can help this season.
As training camp creeps closer, let’s take a look at what has gone on so far with the 49ers this offseason:

Returning free agents: Receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox.

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants), quarterback Colt McCoy (Redskins), center Jonathan Goodwin (Saints).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers. He signed with Oakland.

Free-agent additions: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings), receiver Brandon Lloyd (last with Patriots in 2012), quarterback Josh Johnson (released by Cincinnati), linebacker Blake Costanzo (Bears).

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami, receiver Stevie Johnson from Buffalo.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin, Chris Culliver for Brown.
The San Francisco 49ers no longer have any remaining free agents.

ESPN NFL Nation reporter Mike Triplett reported that the New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with center Jonathan Goodwin. Goodwin was the last of the 49ers' free agents. The 49ers had no interest in bringing back Goodwin, who started every game for the 49ers the past three years.

The team signed backup Daniel Kilgore to a three-year extension this offseason and drafted USC’s Marcus Martin in the third round. They will compete for the starting job in training camp with Kilgore getting the first crack and Martin considered the long-term favorite.

Goodwin, 35, played for the Saints from 2006-10 before spending three seasons with the 49ers. Goodwin was steady on the field and popular in the locker room. But the 49ers felt like his play was starting to slip in his advanced age.
We are looking at best-case scenarios for mid-round draft picks of the San Francisco 49ers.

Player: Marcus Martin

Position: C

Round: 3

Earliest he could have big role: Week 1.

Why is there an opportunity? Jonathan Goodwin, who started the past three years, was not brought back in free agency.

Who is in his way? Daniel Kilgore. The 49ers like him. They gave him an extension this offseason and think he is capable of starting.

Current thoughts: The edge goes to Kilgore. But if Martin can quickly adjust to the NFL and he has a strong preseason, and Kilgore struggles, I can see the 49ers going to Martin early. I expect him to become the full-time center at some point barring a big struggle.
One player who might be worth playing attention to leading up to the May 8-10 NFL draft is USC center Marcus Martin.

Both ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have Martin pegged to the San Francisco 49ers in recent mocks. They both had Martin going to the 49ers in the second round, where the team has two picks. Let’s take a closer look at Martin:

Size: 6-foot-3, 320 pounds

Experience: He moved to center in 2013 and played there for the first time. He was a starter at guard for his first two college seasons.

Known for: Great size and athleticism. He’s a bright player. However, some scouts question his toughness. Still, many scouts think he can be an instant starter.

Do 49ers need him? Daniel Kilgore, who just signed a three-year extension with the 49ers, will get the first crack to replace Jonathan Goodwin in the starting lineup. The 49ers are excited about Kilgore. However, if Kiper and McShay are right, Martin would certainly look like both an immediate and long-term option. Martin could also interest the 49ers because of his experience at guard. Mike Iupati is entering the final year of his contract, and it isn't a sure thing the 49ers will re-sign him.
The last remaining San Francisco 49ers free agent could potentially have a new pairing.

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Center Jonathan Goodwin visited the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. There has not been an agreement, but it makes sense for the Saints to sign the veteran. He played for the Saints from 2006-10 before spending the three seasons with the 49ers.

The 49ers have not expressed interest in re-signing the 35-year-old Goodwin this offseason, with Daniel Kilgore planned as the starter. The team could also draft a center, so the only way Goodwin could be in the picture in San Francisco is down the road if the 49ers are not happy with their options.

Based on Wednesday's visit with the Saints, Goodwin may not be an option for much longer.

Updated offseason scorecard

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Free agency continues and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: Receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox.

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants), quarterback Colt McCoy (Redskins).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers. He signed with Oakland.

Free agent addition: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), Cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings), Receiver Brandon Lloyd (last with Patriots in 2012).

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami.

Reportedly interested in: Receiver Josh Morgan (Washington free agent), but there hasn’t been any movement in the past several weeks, and the Lloyd signing likely ends any Morgan thoughts.

Remaining free agent: Center Jonathan Goodwin.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin, Chris Culliver or upcoming draft pick for Brown.
Free agency continues and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: Receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox.

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants), quarterback Colt McCoy (Redskins).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers. He signed with Oakland.

Free-agent additions: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings)

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars, tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami.

Who are they reportedly interested in: Receiver Josh Morgan (Washington free agent), but there hasn’t been any movement in the two weeks since the report.

Remaining free agents: Center Jonathan Goodwin.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin; Chris Culliver or upcoming draft pick for Brown.
Now that Colt McCoy has signed with the Washington Redskins, there is one remaining San Francisco 49ers free agent -- center Jonathan Goodwin.

It might stay that way for a while.

The 49ers haven’t closed the door on Goodwin, but he is far from a priority. The team is expected to give Daniel Kilgore a chance to replace Goodwin as the starting center. The team could also draft a center to groom.

I think if the 49ers don’t think Kilgore can handle the job, perhaps they could make a call to Goodwin down the road. Goodwin, 35, has considered retirement, but has indicated he is still interested in playing.
Free agency continues and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox.

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers.

Free agent additions: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), Cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings)

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami.

Who they are reportedly interested in: Receivers DeSean Jackson (49ers reportedly called Philadelphia about a possible trade, although the 49ers deny it) and Josh Morgan (Washington free agent).

Remaining free agents: Center Jonathan Goodwin, quarterback Colt McCoy.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin, Chris Culliver or upcoming draft pick for Brown.
The San Francisco 49ers continued to add depth to the cornerback position by bringing back Perrish Cox on a one-year deal, his agent tweeted Tuesday.

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Cox is expected to sign this week. He was to be a restricted free agent, but the 49ers didn’t tender him.

Cox bounced on and off the 49ers’ roster last season, but did play in the playoffs. He beat out veteran Eric Wright for playing time in the postseason. However, the 49ers signed Wright two weeks ago, indicating he is a bigger priority moving forward than Cox.

Cox, though, does lengthen the 49ers’ options at cornerback. Last week, we looked at where the position stands. So, Cox increased depth, at least, during training camp.

The 49ers will very likely use a high draft pick on a cornerback who will play a lot as a rookie.

The 49ers have just two remaining unrestricted free agents -- center Jonathan Goodwin and quarterback Colt McCoy. Only Goodwin has a chance to return, but that might be down the road.

49ers' remaining free agents

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With special-teams ace Kassim Osgood re-signing on Monday with the San Francisco 49ers, their list of unrestricted free agents is dwindling. Let’s take a look:

Perrish Cox: The 49ers brought back Eric Wright and signed Chris Cook from Minnesota. I wouldn't close the door on Cox, who played well in the playoffs, coming back at some point, but he's clearly not a priority.

Jonathan Goodwin: I could also see Goodwin coming back at some point, perhaps after the 49ers take a look at their young centers. If Daniel Kilgore struggles, San Francisco could always turn to the crafty veteran.

Colt McCoy: McCoy most certainly will not return. The 49ers traded for Blaine Gabbert to be the backup quarterback.

The team cut cornerback Carlos Rogers, and he is still on the open market.
Free agency is trudging on and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: Receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright

2015 free agents extended: Center Daniel Kilgore, fullback Bruce Miller

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), receiver Mario Manningham (Giants)

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers

Free-agent addition: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts), cornerback Chris Cook (Vikings)

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Dolphins

Who they are reportedly interested in: Receivers DeSean Jackson (49ers reportedly called Philadelphia about a possible trade) and Josh Morgan (Washington free agent)

Remaining free agents: Center Jonathan Goodwin, quarterback Colt McCoy, receiver Kassim Osgood, cornerback Perrish Cox

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Kilgore for Goodwin

Update: New Atlanta receiver/returner Devin Hester told reporters the 49ers were one of the teams interested in him. It makes sense. The 49ers have shown interested in many receivers this offseason. The two receivers they are reportedly interested in now are Jackson and Morgan, a former 49er. Getting Jackson would make the make the biggest impact, but the 49ers would have trouble fitting him under their tight salary cap.
With San Francisco re-signing receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson and cornerback Eric Wright and seeing safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland) and running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo) leave in free agency, let’s take a look at where the team’s remaining free agents stand:

Perrish Cox: The 49ers brought back Wright and signed Chris Cook from Minnesota. I wouldn’t close the door on Cox coming back at some point (he played well in the playoffs), but he's clearly not a priority.

Jonathan Goodwin: I could also see Goodwin coming back at some point, perhaps after the 49ers take a look at their young centers. If Daniel Kilgore struggles, San Francisco could always turn to the crafty veteran.

Mario Manningham: Manningham is coming off yet another injury. I highly doubt the 49ers bring the receiver back. He is visiting the Giants, his original team, Monday.

Colt McCoy: McCoy most certainly will not return. The 49ers traded for Blaine Gabbert to be the backup quarterback.

Kassim Osgood: He’s the guy the team would like back the most. He is a special-teams maven. It could be a numbers game, but at some point I’d think we will see the team bring Osgood back.

49ers' offseason scorecard

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Free agency isn’t 24 hours old and the San Francisco 49ers have been busy making roster changes. Let’s take a look at what has gone on so far:

Returning free agents: receiver Anquan Boldin, kicker Phil Dawson, cornerback Eric Wright.

Departed free agents: Safety Donte Whitner (Browns).

Released: Cornerback Carlos Rogers.

Free=agent addition: Safety Antoine Bethea (Colts).

Acquired in trade: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert from Jaguars; tackle Jonathan Martin from Miami.

Remaining free-agent priority: Cornerback Tarell Brown.

Other remaining free agents: Center Jonathan Goodwin, receiver Mario Manningham, quarterback Colt McCoy, receiver Kassim Osgood, running back Anthony Dixon, cornerback Perrish Cox.

Starting lineup changes: Bethea for Whitner; likely Daniel Kilgore for Goodwin.

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