In other 49ers news today, the San Francisco 49ers opted not to franchise arguably the best free-safety in the game today in Dashon Goldson. The two-time Pro Bowler was not tagged nor has been offered a long-term deal from the 49ers, despite his strong play. The player known as “The Hawk,” has played under one-year contracts the last two seasons, and is now looking to strike gold with a team willing to pay $8-9 million per year. A deal too rich for the 49ers blood, they will probably part ways with Goldson in an effort to eventually re-up QB Colin Kaepernick and OLB Aldon Smith long-term.
The move opens up the discussion of possibly signing proven veterans such as Ed Reed and Charles Woodson, both Pro Bowl players that would fit Vic Fangio’s 3-4 scheme. Furthermore, by letting Goldson walk, it would allow the 49ers to go after some much needed depth along the defensive line, as NT Cullen Jenkins will be in for a scheduled visit, according to the Sacramento Bee.
In my honest opinion, I believe it would be wise to lock-up Goldson, but not at the $8 million per year asking price. That would be a bad investment and a salary cap headache for the foreseeable future, and I believe 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke and Chief Operating Officer Paraag Marathe would agree.
An ideal situation would be if Goldson would lower his asking price to around the $7 million range, similar to Giants Antrel Rolle. That may be wishful thinking, but if Goldson wants to win that ring, he would be wise to stay in the city by the bay. In response to today’s news, Goldson tweeted the following message from his twitter account:
Thank you jesus. Now fly like a bird #hawk
— Dashon Goldson(@thehawk38) March 4, 2013
Does that mean Dashon will no longer be a Niner? Time will tell.