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San Francisco 49ers Free Agency Grades: S Craig Dahl

Safety Craig Dahl signed on March 16, 2013 (3 years, $5 million)

Age: 27

HT: 6 ft 1 in WT: 212 lb

Former Team: St. Louis Rams

2012 Stats: 78 tackles, 1 INT, 2 PDs

Grade: B-

As soon as Dashon Goldson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we all knew the Niners would be making a move to sign a top free agent at safety. The problem was we didn’t expect the signing to involve Craig Dahl, but a more marquee player. There is still the possibility of another free agent safety being signed and also drafted by the 49ers. Dahl will compete for a starting job, but really he will be the third safety on the depth chart.

Despite Dahl starting in all 16 games last season, he is susceptible in pass coverage and has not shown he can stop the run well, something Goldson excelled at. The reason for a B- grade is the contract has only $800K guaranteed and so long as the 49ers don’t have to rely on Dahl as the starting free safety, this will turn out not to be a bad deal.

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  • Del Mar Dennis

    B- ? You’re being generous to a fault. The fact is unless the Niners sign another safety (Woodson), Dahl is going to be starting at safety Week 1. Even if we draft a safety with one of our top two picks (very likely), I find it hard to believe Harbaugh, Fangio and Co. would risk having a rookie start. This signing has all the earmarks of Dahl starting next year while grooming and mentoring our rookie safety. Lot of good that will do as Dahl gets torched repeatedly. They say both in baseball and football that a defense should be strong up the middle. Well? It’s looking like our middle will consist of Glenn Dorsey and/or Ian Williams at the nose with Dahl and Whitner at safety. God help us. The only positive out of this deal is that there will be money to be made. Every Niner game will Kap leading our high-powered offense and our new and unimproved defense will result in 31-28 finals. Bet the OVER.