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49ers make it official, use tag on Dashon Goldson

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49ers safety Dashon Goldson didn’t get the long-term contract he wanted last offseason, so he returned to the 49ers on an inexpensive one-year deal.

He’s headed back to the 49ers on a one-year deal, but he’s getting a nice raise this time. The 49ers officially announced that they placed the franchise tag on Goldson Friday.

“Dashon has been a 49er since we selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 draft,” said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke. “By using the franchise tag on Dashon, it affords us the opportunity to continue to work on a long-term contract with him, while also ensuring he will be a 49er for a sixth season, in 2012.”

Goldson, who has been up and down throughout his career, played his best under Jim Harbaugh and Vic Fangio in 2011. He will cost roughly $6.2 million unless the two sides hammer out a long-term deal. San Francisco has already re-signed Ahmad Brooks, so they are doing a nice job keeping the core of their talented defense together.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers looks likely to hit free agency at this point and could be tough to retain. San Francisco has a great replacement on the roster in Chris Culliver.

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18 Responses to “49ers make it official, use tag on Dashon Goldson”
  1. willisaldon9952 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:23 PM

    its an exclusive tag, the team that tries to sign him would have to give up two first round picks. Would be very shocked if a team gave that much up for one player.

  2. mrlynch33 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:29 PM

    I think this was clearly the smart decision. Tagging a safety is cheaper than a corner. Not really sure if we should hang on to Rogers though. He is gonna want a long term deal and he’s getting old. I’d be fine with having him on a two or three year deal but nothing more. Also found it weird when Rogers said the Brooks deal was surprising.

  3. dohpey28 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:40 PM

    Goldson is terrible. Having Whitner out there helped cover up Goldson’s mistakes all season. Then again, this could be a case of the devil you know.

  4. jeffharwell3 says: Mar 2, 2012 2:53 PM

    Good move. Goldson turned into a ball hawk last year to go along with his big hits. Now draft the kid from GT so we can finally have a big fast WR again. This offseason feels so nice after 10 years of offseasons filled with false hope. GO 49ERS

  5. ninerdan says: Mar 2, 2012 3:00 PM

    It’s a case of you being wrong. Goldson is a great NFL safety and our defense would not be the same without him.

  6. ninerfan94954 says: Mar 2, 2012 3:49 PM

    With all do respect, I thought Goldson played well and Whitner more than once took a bad angle and gave up a big play. Still, it’s great to have hope again and see that people who know how to coach men at this level are employed by the 49ers.

  7. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Mar 2, 2012 4:14 PM

    “Goldson, who has been up and down throughout his career” once again rosenthal not doing his research, how has his career been up n down if hes only been getting better!! GO NINERS!!

  8. waxthat says: Mar 2, 2012 4:24 PM

    mrlynch33 says:
    Mar 2, 2012 2:29 PM
    I think this was clearly the smart decision. Tagging a safety is cheaper than a corner. Not really sure if we should hang on to Rogers though. He is gonna want a long term deal and he’s getting old. I’d be fine with having him on a two or three year deal but nothing more. Also found it weird when Rogers said the Brooks deal was surprising.

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    I also found that strange from Rogers. It was as if he was giving a back handed compliment.
    I am happy with what he did for us this year but Baalke has clearing shown a knack for finding talented CB’s for this system (see Culliver)

  9. tybrew says: Mar 2, 2012 4:58 PM

    The hoodie was trying to sign him…to NE but he resigned. With SF..very good safety

  10. Nevis says: Mar 2, 2012 5:01 PM

    Better used on Goldson than Rogers, but I can tell you that Goldson has more problems than people think. Misses too many tackles, he needs to work on wrapping up and worrying less about the big hits.

    That being said, he’s young and hungry and I don’t see the 49ers getting any better via FA.

  11. athoula707 says: Mar 2, 2012 5:50 PM

    Now get Roger and couple of wide receiver and ninners good to go. Go Ninners…

  12. mrlynch33 says: Mar 2, 2012 8:49 PM

    Also, glad to see Culliver getting the recognition he deserves. He played well last year and will only get better. He’s gotta be one of the only cornerbacks not to give up a TD to Calvin Johnson last year…he did have over 100 yds that game though.
    Coaching staff is also very high on Tremaine Brock, given another year or two he could be a monster. ALMOST wanna say let Rogers go.

  13. niners310 says: Mar 3, 2012 12:38 AM

    To the people who continue to ignorantly say that Goldson is a terrible tackler or that he misses too many tackles, that is not true.

    In 2011, Goldson wasn’t in the top 20 of highest missed tackle percentage. And in 2010, his worst year mainly due to foot injuries, he wasn’t in the top 10.

    So people really need to stop with all of those comments.

  14. 49ersgiants4life says: Mar 3, 2012 12:16 PM

    Goldson is a terrible tackler use your eyes and watch the game he takes poor angles and doesn’t wrap up watch the game in Seattle it was awful he also takes poor angles on picks a couple picks just bounced off receivers hands I’m glad he got the tag and they didn’t give him big money for 1 year and I hope they let Rogers walk for the same reason Chris culliver played great and could be a shut down corner in the next couple of years.

  15. young2rice says: Mar 4, 2012 3:02 AM

    Finnigan and Carr hitting the free agency is going to be a blessing in disguise for the 49ers. I’m sure it will bring Rogers’ price tag down a few notches.

  16. young2rice says: Mar 4, 2012 3:16 AM

    Finnegan*

  17. 49ersdoyersfansexist says: Mar 7, 2012 5:18 AM

    Goldson hasnt yet reached hit potential but hes worth keeping around the squad as it grows. Anyone whos played football-especially D-realizes that playmakers are a MUST. I agree he does take ill advised angles and misses tackles but id gladly pay for his services than the like of Mark Roman-like players. Hes young and our current coaching makes me feel confident he’ll fix those correctable things

  18. 49ersdoyersfansexist says: Mar 7, 2012 5:19 AM

    Goldson hasnt yet reached his potential but hes worth keeping around the squad as it grows. Anyone whos played football-especially D-realizes that playmakers are a MUST. I agree he does take ill advised angles and misses tackles but id gladly pay for his services than the likes of Mark Roman-like players. Hes young and our current coaching makes me feel confident he’ll fix those correctable things

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