Thursday, February 7, 2013
Could Goodwin be cut?
By Tim Kavanagh
The San Francisco 49ers plan to do just about whatever is necessary to make another run at the Super Bowl in 2013 -- they're on the right track, having lost in the conference championship game in 2011 and the Super Bowl in 2012 -- but like any other NFL team, they have some tough decisions to make on player personnel this offseason. One interesting case is starting C Jonathan Goodwin.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that the other Niners' O-linemen consider the 34-year-old Goodwin to be a father figure, and the scribe believes it to be unlikely that the club would break apart the current quintet. On the other hand, releasing Goodwin would free up some needed cap space -- he's due to count $5 million against the cap in 2013 -- and they could slot in some other options in his stead: Daniel Kilgore or Joe Looney.
The Niners will remain at the forefront of this and other NFL blogs over the next several weeks because of the Alex Smith situation, but the decision on Goodwin could have a big effect on their 2013 exploits as well.