The 49ers did not use their franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson (or anyone else), meaning that Goldson is now an unrestricted free agent.
Goldson is reportedly seeking an $8 million per year contract.
Earlier today, he tweeted that he hopes to return to San Francisco with a long-term deal:
I’m very thankful I didn’t get the franchise tag again but still hopeful this means something long term with the San Francisco 49ers!
— Dashon Goldson(@thehawk38) March 4, 2013
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 a long-term deal as well.
“He’s somebody I think you reward,” he said.