The franchise tags are flying and it looks like one will land on 49ers safety Dashon Goldson.
Adam Schefter of ESPN and Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee are both reporting that Goldson will be tagged by the 49ers on Friday. If the 49ers keep the tag on Goldson instead of signing him to a long-term deal, he will receive around $6.2 million for the 2012 season. The 49ers were interested in signing Goldson to a long-term deal last year, but he passed on a five-year, $25 million contract and wound up signing a one-year deal with the team.
Goldson is coming off a very strong season for the Niners. He had 67 tackles and six interceptions in the regular season and added another pick in San Francisco’s playoff win against the Saints.
With Ahmad Brooks signed and Goldson tagged, the 49ers can move on to their other free agents. Quarterback Alex Smith is at the front of that list with cornerback Carlos Rogers not too far behind. Both of their positions carry a larger salary for franchise tags, something that might have impacted the 49ers’ approach to dealing with so many moving parts.