Dashon Goldson, the mercurial free safety, is making noise like he isn’t going to sign his $6.2 million franchise tender. The 2 sides are apparently nowhere near being close on a contract extension, and he already scoffed at the 5/$25 mill offer he got last year. I’m sure, coning off his pro bowl year, that he wants more in the order of 5 years and $40 million.
Good luck with that, Hawk. Goldson, who is the definition of inconsistent, will not get that kind of coin from the Niners. Safeties are easier to find than CBs, and besides, the Niners scored big time last year, getting Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers off the 2nd tier free agent pile, and drafting Chris Culliver last year. This year they also have Trenton Robinson from Mich St, and Michael Thomas from Stanford, who are both up and coming guys. Beyond that, Goldson’s play, to me has been so hot and cold as to be infuriating. He had a great year last year, but his play in the NFC Championship game was indicative of the problems he causes. He broke up 2 ints by teammates, and nearly killed Tremaine Brown on the 2nd one. That one was maddening because the play was in front of him, and he should have backed off and let Brown make the play. Instead, he went for the highlight reel hit and ended up injuring his teammate.
That is his style though. He makes big plays, but follows that with missed breakups, bad angles, and missed tackles. He has had long stretches of not playing very well surrounded by a hot 5 game stretch in 2009, and last season’s breakout year. Yes, he made the pro bowl. Yes, he had 6 picks. But, he was helped in no short measure by the immensely improved pass rush, and the retooled secondary around him. Do I think he’s a good player? Sure. Do I think they should drop a 5/40 deal on him? By all means no. He tried the hardball route last year, and came back with his tail between his legs and signed for $2 mill. He’ll end up like dear old Aubrayo Franklin did. Off the team, a free agent, and scrambling for half the coin he thought he was worth.
They have other options in-house right now, and would not miss him too terribly if he decides to sit out this year. They have other players to sign to long-term deals (hello, NaVorro). i mean, the Saints without Brees are in much more a world of hurt than the Niners without Goldson.