The San Francisco 49ers have two unsigned players they would like to ink to contracts before the start of training camp on July 28. One of those players is rookie wide receiver A.J. Jenkins who is expected to sign a contract soon because of the rookie wage scale enacted for the first time in the NFL. The other player is Dashon Goldson who is the 49ers franchise tagged player. According to a report from CSNBayArea.com the 49ers and Goldson are only $1 million apart from signing a contract. While the amount is not a huge gap to overcome, don’t expect a contract to be signed anytime soon.
It is being reported the 49ers do not want to go over $7 million a year, while Goldson is seeking $8 million a year. Keep in mind Goldson is scheduled to earn around $6.2 million should he not sign a long-term deal and end up signing his franchise tender. The potential end date in the saga is July 16. The team has until then to sign the safety to a long-term deal. After that Goldson can only sign his one-year, $6.2 million franchise tender until the end of the regular season. Or he can sit out the season and try his chances next offseason with another team. The latter would not be a smart move by Goldson.
Recently I wrote the 49ers have the upper-hand in negotiations because of history with other franchise tagged players. Also, the 49ers are running C.J. Spillman and rookie Trenton Robinson at the safety position at OTA’s and the team seems comfortable enough going with the either of the two should Goldson holdout. Donte Whitner is the other starting safety.
It is ridiculous Goldson is holding out for only $1 million. Yes, he was a huge part of the 49ers success on defense last season and he deserves a fair long-term deal, however, he was given a five-year, $25 million deal before the start of last season. And he is being offered yet another five-year deal, this time at a higher rate of around $7 million per season, about $2 million more than what the 49ers extended to him last year. That seems like a good pay raise to me for a first-time Pro Bowl safety. It’s time for Goldson to sign the five-year deal offered by the 49ers so the team can fully focus on the 2012 season without any distractions of if/when will he sign.
Trent Robinson on working with the 49ers first-team defense:
It’s been great for me. It boosts my confidence. I know what I’m doing when I get out there with the vets. They all talk, saying, ‘Keep going, keep working.’ And it’s a confidence-builder. I think it’s great that coach gives me an opportunity to run with those guys.