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.
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.