Dashon Goldson, despite his surname and the signing of his franchise tender, didn’t exactly strike gold Thursday.
The 49ers safety, who recorded a career-high six interceptions along with his first Pro Bowl appearance last year, reported to training camp after agreeing to a one-year, $6.2 million franchise tender deal.
But it wasn’t quite the deal the 27-year-old sought.
“Of course I wanted something long-term,” Goldson said. “But it ain’t all bad.”
It certainly isn’t.
Goldson will be returning to an intact 49ers defense that ranked amongst the NFL’s best last year — one that took the franchise to its first postseason appearance since 2002. And reporting to camp in time for today’s first full-squad practice was something he felt obligated to do.
“That’s a no brainer,” Goldson said. “I owed it to my teammates. Those guys have been working extremely hard. I missed a little bit of the offseason earlier, and I didn’t want to miss another part of this training camp.”
His teammates agreed.
“I was just hoping that he came back on time, that we didn’t have nobody missing on the defense,” 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois said. “Just to walk in here today ... just to see him, I was happy ’cause I was like ‘Now we got the whole defense back.’ So now it’s time to let the tide roll.”
But even with the signed deal, Goldson said that he was “not really” presented with a formal offer.
“I was a little surprised, but it panned out that way,” he said. “I just accepted it for what it was — no hard feelings. I mean, it ain’t bad money. The most important thing is being out here and getting the season started.”
That season will feature a hardened schedule, one that showcases elite quarterback after elite quarterback. The 49ers open against the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, only to later face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots — all of those being on the road.
But with one of last season’s top defenses now truly together, Goldson isn’t looking to just showcase himself.
“I started here when we was losing,” said Goldson, entering his sixth season with San Francisco. “For us to have the unity that we have, and compete with high-profile offenses like that, it’ll be good for us. Not just me.”
Meanwhile, the 49ers also signed 33-year-old guard Leonard Davis to a one-year contract Thursday. Davis, an 11-year NFL veteran who last played with the Detroit Lions, is aiming for a Super Bowl.
“If you don’t have those kinds of expectations, you really shouldn’t be playing,” Davis said.
The 49ers also waived outside linebacker and Fresno native David Gonzales.