The San Francisco 49ers lone contract dispute this offseason is starting to come to end with franchise tagged safety Dashon Goldson having until Monday to sign a contract. Should Goldson not sign a long-term contract with the 49ers, his franchise tender will kick in which would pay him $6.2 million for one-year and he would not be able to negotiate another deal until after the regular season.
On Tuesday night, Goldson sat down with Alex Marvez and Randy Cross on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said he would be okay playing with the franchise tag for the upcoming season. Goldson said,
I’m hoping something long term will happen. I’m not taking anything personally. I look at it as a business move on (San Francisco’s) part. That’s just the business. If I have to play for the tag, I’ll play for the tag. But any guy would love long-term security.
All these one-year (contracts) is not what any player would want. We know what we put our bodies through and what we do for our teams. But it’s all good. There’s no love lost or anything like that. I just hope something will get done. If not, I’ll still be a 49er.
Goldson certainly deserves a long-term contract from the 49ers and both sides are only about $1 million apart in negotiations. The safety was a huge part of the 49ers dominate defense last season making his first Pro Bowl and having career highs in interceptions (six) and passes defensed (nine). He did all of this playing with a one-year contract earning him $1.2 million.
Whether Goldson signs the franchise tender or a long-term contract, he will get a significant pay raise. The safety’s comments did not come as a big surprise because he has not threaten publicly to sit out the season or complained about not receiving a better long-term offer from the 49ers during the negotiations. This shows Goldson is not just concerned about getting paid but he wants to return to the 49ers, whether with a one-year or a long-term deal, and help them defend the NFC West title and return to the playoffs.
Recently Titans safety Michael Griffin, who was franchise tagged, received a five-year, $36 million extension with $15 million of the money guaranteed. So Niner fans can expect something similar to that contract to be offered to Goldson. If Goldson is really concerned about receiving long-term stability, he has an offer waiting on the table for him to sign which is not far off from the money he expects to receive.