Barring a contract breakthrough in the next week Dashon Goldson will be an unrestricted free agent and that might make it difficult for the San Francisco 49ers to retain the All-Pro safety.
The club made the decision not to place the franchise tag on Goldson for a second consecutive season like outside linebacker Anthony Spencer got from the Dallas Cowboys on Monday. That means Goldson is positioned to leave the Niners.
“Hopefully something good comes out of this,” he texted the San Francisco Chronicle.
Goldson, 28, is a two-time Pro Bowl performer and there are plenty of teams out there with needs at safety. The report indicates Goldson would like something in line with the $60 million, six-year contract that Eric Berry received from the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010. The problem with that thinking is Berry’s deal was a rookie contract before the pay scale for draft picks was revamped. It’s hard to imagine Goldson finding someone that will give him a similar pact with $34 million guaranteed, what Berry pulled down.
Still, Goldson is a productive player in the prime of his career. Someone will pay big for him and it might not be the 49ers.
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