SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 18: Safety Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after breaking up a pass intended for wide receiver Goldon Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks late in the second quarter on October 18, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 13-6. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Despite tweeting that he would like to sign a long-term contract with the 49ers, Dashon Goldson is likely to take his services elsewhere.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports to not expect Goldson to return to San Francisco, and that he will be “gone.”
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 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.
Eric is a freelance sports writer in the Bay Area. In addition to running Blue Man Hoop and Blades of Teal for the FanSided Network, he also contributes to Bay Area Sports Guy, and Prep2Prep. He has previously written for Bleacher Report as a featured columnist, and his work has been published in the San Jose Mercury News.