The 49ers do not plan on using their franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson, sources tell the Sacramento Bee and CBS Sports.
In fact, CBS reports that the 49ers will not use their franchise tag at all.
This means that either 1) the 49ers sign Goldson to a long-term deal, or 2) he hits the open market and signs with another team.
Goldson made $7.45 million last season under the franchise tag, and he clearly does not want it to happen again.
“There’s no security in it,” he said a few days after the Super Bowl. “The franchise tag, it’s cool. It’s not that bad with the money, but everybody wants security. In the job that I do, and the position I play, there’s a lot that comes with the territory. Security is something that you want at my position, for sure. I’ve been in this league now for six years, going on seven. I think I’ve done what I’ve had to do to deserve a second contract, period.”
Goldson definitely does deserve a multi-year contract, considering he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season and was named to the All-Pro team.
He made it clear that he wants to return to the 49ers, but added, “I’m open to all 32 teams.”
Head coach Jim Harbaugh thinks Goldson deserves it as well.
“He’s somebody I think you reward,” he said.