On Friday, it was reported that the 49ers will not use their franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson, instead, letting him become an unrestricted free agent and test the market.
Now, we know how much he wants. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel cites an NFL team official who claims that Goldson is looking for an $8 million per year contract (h/t Fansided.com).
Goldson made $7.45 million last season under the franchise tag, but made it clear that he did not want to be forced to play under another one-year deal.
“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 ominously 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.