It's been about 11 months since the 49ers used the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson, who played the 2012 season on a one-year deal worth $6.2 million. Now that he's set to hit free agency, one of the league's best young players is looking for something more stable than another one-year offer that comes with being franchised again.
S Dashon Goldson on another franchise tag from #49ers: "I'm not for that, I'm really not. I'd be surprised if they'd do that again."— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) February 5, 2013
More #49ers Goldson: "I've been in this league 6 yrs now, going on 7. I think I've done what I had to do to deserve a 2nd contract, period."— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) February 5, 2013
The 49ers and Goldson have been negotiating a new deal in some form or another going on three years now. Following the 2010 season, Goldson, on the advice of agent Drew Rosenhaus, turned down a five-year, $25 million offer from San Francisco, CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco wrote last February.
"After a couple weeks of free agency, Rosenhaus sent an email to every NFL team to inform them that Goldson's demands had lowered and he would sign a one-year deal for 'approximately $3 million.' Three days later, Goldson returned to the 49ers on a one-year, $2 million contract."
Now after playing back-to-back seasons on one-year deals, Goldson, 28, wants long-term security that comes with a multiyear contract. Whether the 49ers think he's worth it is another matter (ProFootballFocus wrote about Goldson's inconsistencies when he was tagged last offseason).
The safety, along with several other players, was scheduled to meet with general manager Trent Baalke this week.