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Michael Griffin deal a blueprint for Dashon Goldson


For a pair of franchise-tagged safeties with comparable resumes, Dashon Goldson and Michael Griffin have handled things differently this offseason.

But Griffin’s five-year, $35 million deal with the Titans could provide a useful framework in the 49ers’ talks with Goldson, according to Matt Maiocco of

Unlike Goldson, Griffin went ahead and signed his $6.212 million tender, and reported to the offseason program. Goldson has stayed away from all the 49ers workouts as he awaits his payday.

Maiocco notes that a year ago, Goldson was looking for something in the $8 million a year range of San Diego’s Eric Weddle. Since then, Goldson made his first Pro Bowl and changed agents, so it’s hard to imagine those demands have lessened.

However, the two sides apparently continue to talk, prior to the July 16 deadline to reach a long-term deal.

Across the bay, Raiders safety Tyvon Branch has signed his franchise tender and has been participating with his team while his negotiations continue. He doesn’t have the Pro Bowl on his resume, but is an ascending player who will demand a contract in the same neighborhood of Griffin’s as well.

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7 Responses to “Michael Griffin deal a blueprint for Dashon Goldson”
  1. cali49er707 says: Jun 20, 2012 5:48 PM

    baalke will get it done, the 9ERS are offering 7mil a season with a opportunity to win a ring & stay on the west coast which is where he is from!!!

  2. discosucs2005 says: Jun 20, 2012 6:34 PM

    I hope it gets done but I don’t want to break the bank for him. He’s very talented and could easily improve, but the secondary was the weakest part of our defense and a lot of that was because of big plays in zone coverage.

  3. bubba9er says: Jun 20, 2012 6:57 PM

    Every day he misses camp, is a day his replacements get better. Unless his last name is Reed or Polamalu, he is replaceable. I wonder if he knows that the other safeties on the roster are NFL level players as well…

  4. neagle64 says: Jun 20, 2012 7:16 PM

    Just makes me wonder what a Dawkins, Reed or Polamalu would get paid in their prime. Really, Griffin/Goldson are serviceable safeties but hardly difference makers or players that have revolutionized the safety position.

  5. swagjag says: Jun 20, 2012 8:13 PM

    Except Griffin is not worth nearly that much per year.

  6. silverbleedblack says: Jun 21, 2012 12:11 PM

    Goldson doesn’t deserve that money. His ints are a sham, he is the weakest link on that 49er defense. The people that still haven’t heard of Branch will surely know who he is after this year.

  7. mullman7675 says: Jun 23, 2012 1:49 AM

    Branch will be a Pro Bowl safety by the end of this season and for seasons to come.

    Book it Dan-O, he’s going to Hawaii…

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