Dashon Goldson hopes to stay with 49ers; open to playing with Bengals

Dashon Goldson hopes he's wearing a 49ers uniform next season, even if its backwards. (USATSI)
Dashon Goldson hopes he's wearing a 49ers uniform next season, even if it is backwards. (USATSI)

San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson was relieved when the 49ers didn't franchise tag him before Monday's deadline, however, don't mistake that for meaning Goldson wants to leave San Francisco.

As Goldson gets set to hit the free agent market on March 12, he's hoping he can work out something long-term with the 49ers. 

"I still hope there's a future for me in San Francisco, but as far as the overall feeling, it feels good," Goldson told SiriusXM Sports via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I really hope something works out in San Francisco, its home for me. We're making good progress of bringing that tradition back."

Despite Goldson's hopes that he can work a out a deal with the 49ers, he admits there hasn't exactly been much conversation between the two parties, "Hopefully something picks up and if they are not, I will be interested in what other teams have to say," Goldson said. 

One of those teams Goldson may potentially be interested in, is the Cincinnati Bengals

"I like those guys down there. I went to school with Reggie Nelson. Played with Nate Clements, I was [in San Francisco] with Taylor Mays and Manny Lawson," Goldson said. "So I'm familiar with some of those guys and how they play. They've got a good football team down there. They're on track and they've got a good quarterback and receivers."

However, don't think that Goldson's going to limit himself to just the Bengals and 49ers in free agency. "I will have to consider all my options and we'll have to see whose interested in me," he said. 

The six-year veteran, who was franchise tagged by the 49ers last season, has his eyes set on a long-term deal. "I've been in this league six years now, going on seven" Goldson said after San Francisco's Super Bowl loss. "I think I've done what I've had to do to deserve a second contract, period."

Goldson is reportedly hoping that second contract will be somewhere in the $8 million-a-year range, which may be more than the 49ers are willing to pay. 

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