With free agency officially beginning on Tuesday, the rumors and discussions start building up.
Oct 30, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) celebrates after intercepting a pass from Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy (not pictured) during the third quarter at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated Cleveland 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports
One of the first reports to hit the waves this morning comes from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who says that the Eagles, Lions and Buccaneers are interested in 49ers free agent safety Dashon Goldson.
The Lions and Buccaneers are considered the favorites to land Goldson, with the 49ers maintaining some interest in bringing him back.
Goldson is expected to be one of the hottest commodities in the free agent market, and there will undoubtedly be a bidding war for him.
Despite tweeting that he would like to sign a long-term contract with the 49ers, he is likely to take his services elsewhere.
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.