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Jonathan Goodwin takes pay cut, increases odds

Jonathan Goodwin, Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin (59) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick hug during warmups before the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Continuity is the key to a good offensive line, and the 49ers should now have it.

But it’s costing Jonathan Goodwin a little money to make sure they stay together.

According to Matt Maiocco of, the veteran center has taken a pay cut of $1.2 million.

That gives the team enough cap space to sign their remaining draft picks, and also strengthens the chances he hangs around. His base salary was reduced from $3.7 million to $2.5 million, though $1 million of that amount is now guaranteed.

He hadn’t been at offseason workouts, and younger players Daniel Kilgore and Joe Looney had worked in the middle of the line.

Goodwin had started every game for the 49ers since signing in 2011, but might have been vulnerable if he hadn’t taken a pay cut. He’s the third vet to take the haircut to increase their chances to stay, following Parys Haralson and Mario Manningham.