The San Francisco 49ers and Dashon Goldson could not get a deal done by the deadline on Monday for a long-term contract. Goldson will now play under a one year contract for the second year in a row. Goldson still has not signed his franchise tender which will pay him around $6.2 million for the 2012 season. The 49ers and Goldson cannot start negotiating again for long-term contract until after the regular season. The 49ers could technically franchise tag him again for the 2013 season if the two sides cannot come to an agreement.
The safety has not sign his franchise tender, however, he recently said he would play for the 49ers this season even if that meant under another one year contract. He is supposed to report to training camp on July 26, so let’s hope he signs franchise tender before then so he does not miss any practice time. He could chose to sit out the season to protest not receiving a long-term deal, but I doubt he will risk not playing a whole season in the NFL.
Goldson deserves a long-term contract from the 49ers and it has been reported both sides were only about $1 million apart in negotiations. With the gap between them so small, it is surprising a deal was not reached. Goldson would have received a significant pay raise whether or not he signed a long-term deal after making $2 million last season playing for the 49ers. I expected Goldson to have a great season in 2012. With the deadline passed, Goldson will probably have a chip on his shoulder now that he will play for the second straight season under a one year deal. Defenses should watch for Goldson this season as he will be playing for the elusive long-term contract he has not received in his five years in the NFL. That is if he decides to sign his franchise tender and play for the 49ers this season. Stay tuned.