October 30, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) celebrates after intercepting the ball during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Browns 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers' Dashon Goldson Seeks Long-Term Contract

September 16, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) returns an interception against the Detroit Lions in the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

When the San Francisco 49ers slapped the “non-exclusive” franchise-tag on free-safety Dashon Goldson, they did so in hopes of him proving his worth, before committing to a long-term deal. To elaborate on the meaning of the “non-exclusive” franchise-tag, only one player can be designated with the franchise-tag in any given year. The move benefits the team’s organization, if they are unable to reach a long-term deal with one of their best players, temporarily keeping him off the market, while preventing other teams from interceding. In return, the player would receive no less than the average top five salaries at the player’s position for the previous year, or 120% of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is less.

In addition, should another team commit to a franchise player, they would have to give up two first-round draft picks as compensation. A hefty price for any team to swallow.

With the 2012 season finally coming to an end, Goldson is now looking to strike a long-term deal. For the past two consecutive seasons, Goldson has been playing on one-year contracts, totaling $8.2 million. A bargain for the 49ers, considering he made the Pro-Bowl the last two seasons, and is by far one of the premier safeties in the game, as Hall of Fame safety and 49ers’ great Ronnie Lott said:

I’m surprised that he doesn’t have a long-term contract, He’s an asset that you don’t want to get away because he does everything the right way. He has all the intangibles you want on your team.

That is high-praise coming from arguably the best safety who ever played the game, and I believe the Harbaalke regime should reward Goldson handsomely. The guy deserves it. He hits like a freight train and roams like a hawk, earning him the nickname “The Hawk.”

With many other 49ers players scheduled to become unrestricted free-agents, such as NT Isaac Sopoaga, DE Ricky Jean-Francois, ILB Tavares Gooden, TE Delanie Walker, ILB Larry Grant, and WR Randy Moss, GM Trent Baalke will have to work his magic once again to determine what’s best for this football team moving forward. And if I was Baalke, it all starts with “The Hawk.”

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