The NFC champion 49ers could be in the market for a new starting safety.
San Francisco elected not to place the franchise tag on two-time Pro Bowler Dashon Goldson before Monday’s deadline to do so, making the hard-hitting safety an unrestricted free agent when the new league calendar begins March 12. Read More
Dashon Goldson has a stack of manila envelopes in his locker, filing away the paperwork every time the NFL has fined the 49ers safety.
While he has heard from the league office more than a dozen times in his six-year career, the letters often had little to do with his hard-hitting ways until this season. Read More
SANTA CLARA — The 49ers figure to have a standout defense again this season, but with the first cut-down deadline less than a week away, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and other coaches will have some tough personnel decisions to make in the near future.
Depth at safety is one of the major concerns for Fangio, and he said on Tuesday, he will try to get a look at a lot of safeties in the team’s final two preseason games to figure out which players to keep. Read More
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.” Read More
The surprise wasn’t that three franchised players — 49ers safety Dashon Goldson, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs and defensive end Cliff Avril of the Detroit Lions — failed to reach any kind of agreement before Monday’s deadline for signing multi-year deals. Read More
Defense may have not led to the 49ers prevailing over the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants during this past season’s NFC Championship Game, but it kept San Francisco in the game.
It kept them in every game.
That was why, during this offseason, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke made every effort to retain the possible free agents that made up the vaunted squad of ball-snatchers and hard hitters. Read More