Second straight tag on Goldson not a sure thing for Niners


The San Francisco 49ers used the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson in 2012.  With no long-term deal negotiated between player and team, the Niners may have to use it again this year.

According to Matt Maiocco of, it’s not a certainty that Goldson will be tagged.

Per Maiocco, Goldson has not yet been informed of the team’s plans.  The 49ers have until March 4 to apply the tag.

Paid $6.2 million in 2012, Goldson would be entitled to a 20-percent raise.  That puts his franchise tender at $7.44 million.

As Maicco explains it, tagging Goldson would compel the 49ers to dump Alex Smith’s $8.5 million salary.

The problem is that, if the 49ers trade Smith, they’d need to have enough cap space — at least for a moment — to carry both Goldson and Smith on the roster.  All teams must be in compliance with the salary cap as of 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12.  And no trades can be finalized until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 12.

7 responses to “Second straight tag on Goldson not a sure thing for Niners

  1. Who else are they going to use it on? Tedd Gin? He is the only player they really need to worry about franchising as every other team free agent is under 2 million.

  2. kjack, it’s not an issue of who they use the franchise tag, but whether they bother to use it all. Florio’s point is that franchising Goldson may mean that they are unable to trade Alex Smith, but are forced to cut him outright instead to conform to the Mar 12 salary cap deadline.

    Of course, they may elect to create the necessary cap space by cutting some other players (Goodwin? Haralson?), but otherwise they don’t have enough cap room to franchise Goldson.

  3. With deep balls being thrown over his head and flags being through over the bodies of those he lays out, the Hawks play might not add up to the pay he desires. I hope they can figure something out quick because if a long term deal is not available, then drafting his replacement and bringing in Woodson or Reed for a year or two might be the best solution.

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