I must admit, I was not a big fan of FS Dashon Goldson heading into the 2012 season. I did not feel he was worth the long-term contract the San Francisco 49ers would have to commit to, in order to retain his services over the long haul. In addition, he only had one Pro Bowl season heading into the 2012 season, furthermore validating my doubts of him being a top five safety in the NFL. However, I was wrong and to Mr. Goldson, my apologies. Since the 2011 season, Goldson has been named to the Pro Bowl in back to back seasons, turning a who’s who into a household name. Now that Goldson has finally proved his worth, he is looking to cash in on that lucrative contract, and deservedly so. But for reasons unknown, the 49ers have yet to negotiate an offer with him. Why? Your guess is as good as mine, but with the franchise tag deadline set to end on March 4, the 49ers will need to expedite their decision on what to do with their Pro Bowl safety.
Goldson, also known as “The Hawk,” has been a fan favorite in recent years. His ball hawking ability mixed with bone crushing hits, brings fans up from their seats while being a leader in the secondary. In his last four seasons, Goldson has accumulated 14 interceptions, 31 passes defensed, and 310 tackles. Even more impressive, is the praise he receives from both past and current 49ers, as former 49ers great Ronnie Lott, had this to say in regards to Goldson:
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.
And I could not agree more. Goldson brings an added dimension, to the back end of the defense, no one possesses, fear. His ability to make mind blowing hits, strikes fear into his opponents. An invaluable asset, losing Goldson would make the secondary weak and turn a strength into a weakness. Furthermore, the loss of Goldson combined with an already shaky cornerback situation would greatly cripple the defense. It just wouldn’t make sense to not get a deal done. As a fan, I am extremely frustrated with the lack of interest they are showing Goldson.
With Lott being one of Goldson’s biggest supporters, there has also been support from arguably the biggest supporter of all, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Days after the Super Bowl ended, Harbaugh was asked if Dashon was worthy of a long-term deal, and Harbaugh said:
He’s somebody that I think that you reward. Plays every game. Can find the ball. You know that he’s out there. And opposing offenses know that he’s out there. He tackles and does everything that you’d want a safety to do. Yeah, I feel like you reward those types of people. Who do you reward if you don’t reward those type of people?
With free-agency set to begin on March 12, it will be interesting to see if the 49ers and Goldson can strike gold on a long-term solution. In the end, I do believe the 49ers will retain his services, as they are only waiting to clear enough cap space to put forth their best offer.