Safety Craig Dahl signed on March 16, 2013 (3 years, $5 million)
HT: 6 ft 1 in WT: 212 lb
Former Team: St. Louis Rams
2012 Stats: 78 tackles, 1 INT, 2 PDs
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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