The 49ers free agent signing frenzy is still rolling with the team re-signing Dashon Goldson who started the last 32 games at safety. Re-signing Goldson is an important step although it seemed unlikely he would rejoin the 49ers. Goldson was expected to receive a big contract from other teams which the 49ers would not match. On Sunday Goldson was in New England talking with the Patriots about joining their team. Another indicator Goldson was not coming back to the team is the 49ers free agent signings have included two safeties, Madieu Williams and Donte Whitner. Whitner was with the Bills last season and lead all defensive backs in the NFL in tackles with 140. Had Goldson not re-signed Williams and Whitner would have most likely been the starting safeties. With Goldson back in the fold I envision him starting alongside Whitner.
Adding Goldson back to the 49ers means defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has nine players at safety. They include Goldson, Williams, Whitner, C.J. Spillman, Curtis Taylor, Reggie Smith, Taylor Mays, Chris Maragos and rookie Colin Jones who was a sixth-round draft pick.
Not everyone can stay at safety and with recent news that the 49ers are shopping second-year player Mays for a trade we can expect another safety traded as well to make room for Goldson. Smith, who was drafted by the 49ers in 2008, will most likely be traded as well.
Goldson is a hard hitting safety and has the ability to make big plays however he only has 174 tackles and three interceptions in 32 starts. Goldson will have an opportunity this season to be a starter and cement himself as one of the top safeties in the NFL. If Goldson does not play well as a starter this will be his final season in San Francisco as he signed a one-year contract.