Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver (85) Early Doucet is hit in the second half by San Francisco 49ers safety (38) Dashon Goldson at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Acquiring Anquan Boldin Signals The End For Dashon Goldson

Well it is pretty much set in stone, as the San Francisco 49ers are going to be moving on from FS Dashon Goldson. The move should come as no surprise considering the 49ers just acquired high-priced WR Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round pick. A family discount between the Harbaugh brothers, in which the 49ers got the better end of the deal. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayarea.com, the 49ers are taking a $6 million hit for the 2013 season, as that is Boldin’s cap number. There is clearly not enough money in the bank to pay everyone, and as a result Goldson will be the odd man out, mark my words.

A bittersweet move, Goldson has quickly become a fan favorite over the past few years with his bruising hits and ballhawking skills. However, the NFL is a business, and at the end of the day someone has to go. It was a give and take that GM Trent Baalke was willing to risk and hopefully it will pay off in the end.

Two teams that have been rumored to have a significant interest in Goldson’s services are the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.

With the addition of Boldin, how does this fare for the rest of the wide receivers on the 49ers roster? We all know WR Mario Manningham can be a solid slot receiver, but what about WR Kyle Williams and WR A.J. Jenkins? The more I think about it, the more I believe that Baalke has given up on Jenkins. He has been a first-round bust up to this point, and has shown no signs of life as a legitimate threat in this league. As for Williams, he has proven himself to be a solid number four receiver and adds value as a return specialist, so his job will be safe for now.

The 49ers have now turned a weakness into a strength, as the receivers unit is now filled with three legitimate playmakers for QB Colin Kaepernick to play with in Boldin, Crabtree, and Manningham.

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  • Keeping_It_Heel

    Man if Jenkins can become the deep threat this team is set! PFT is saying Ed Reed to SF also to replace Goldson which IMO is an upgrade in the short term. Would be absolutely insane if this team is able to actually improve w/o giving up huge money to Goldson who isn’t worth it IMO.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Man only if Jenkins can become that deep threat…fingers crossed! This season will basically tell us if he has what it takes to make it in the NFL.