Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson (38) tackles Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings (85) during the third quarter of the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Why 49ers Are Not Committed To Safety Dashon Goldson

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

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.


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  • http://twitter.com/PandaKANG9 Panda Kang

    I’m guessing they’re looking into what players they keep and how much money they’ll have left. Unless the thought is, they draft a Safety to replace him.

    I like him but he frustrates me with inconsistent play (like Delanie but that’s another post). All the talent to demand a top contract, but not sure he’s necessarily worth $8+M like he wants. What do you think he deserves?

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thank you for your feedback Panda Kang. There have been rumors that Cyprien (FIU) is being looked at by the 49ers scouting department but that still is not confirmed.

      As for how much Goldson should be compensated, I would have a ball park figure somewhere in the $6-$7M. range.

      • http://twitter.com/PandaKANG9 Panda Kang

        I’ve heard Cyprien and Elam in the 1st or Thomas out of Fresno St in the 2nd. Not sure either could replace Goldson’s experience, but if they can cover, I think it’ll be an upgrade.

        One random thing I read was release Whitner, move Goldson to SS and draft a FS. I’m not all in tune with the technical aspects of what it would take for Goldson to move to SS, but seems like a potential option given Whitner’s average coverage abilities. Thoughts?

        • Ryan Sakamoto

          Yeah, there has been rumors that the 49ers would move Goldson to SS while drafting a FS, making Whitner the odd man out. However, I don’t see the 49ers signing Goldson anytime soon as they may be waiting for Charles Woodson.

          • http://twitter.com/PandaKANG9 Panda Kang

            Woodson? That would be very interesting. I mean, could that even be extended to an Ed Reed (if he’s a FA)? To me, it all boils down to an FS that can cover. That can cover up Whitner and allows flexibility underneath with the CBs and LBs. In my heart of hearts, I’d prefer we get some DL help. That will be the difference in keep the defense at the top.

  • tlayne9erfan

    If Goldson was more consistent with his coverage duties instead of looking for the big hits, then I say $6-$7M area. Other that he is a $5-$6M area.

  • http://www.points2shop.com/s/wii_points?ref=tony21502 thetony

    Yes goldson is very important part of this defense and I dont understand why a deal hasnt been reached yet… The only thing that I can think of is he wants too much money… I think he wants atleast 8M a year and if thats the case and Dashon wont come down on his price we must let him go.. I would offer him 4 year 24M with maybe a chance to earn more in bonuses..