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Goldson is expected to be the hottest safety on the market

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The 49ers opted not to use the franchise tag for the second straight year on safety Dashon Goldson.

Perhaps they should have.

The thinking in league circles is that Goldson will be the hottest safety in a fairly deep market.  Hotter even than Ravens safety Ed Reed, whose lack of an agent puts him at a distinct disadvantage.

When the legal tampering period opens on Saturday, teams may communicate only with agents.  If a player represents himself, the teams cannot talk to the player.

Thus, by the time Reed is fair game, other deals for other safeties may already be done.

The other big names on the market include former Packers safety Charles Woodson, Falcons safety William Moore, and Jets safety LaRon Landry.

Per a league source, the Jets want to keep Landry, but they’re having trouble putting the money together, given their cap situation.  Other teams that could be interested in Landry include the Titans, Colts (who have plenty of cap room), and the Cardinals.

The 49ers could target any of the available safeties, if they lose Goldson.

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29 Responses to “Goldson is expected to be the hottest safety on the market”
  1. bossbertozzi says: Mar 7, 2013 11:05 PM

    Even though William Moore is better…

  2. smcgaels1997 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:07 PM

    Why? He can’t cover anyone literally

  3. chawk12thman says: Mar 7, 2013 11:07 PM

    Wonder why a player can’t register with the NFL as his own agent and negotiate at the same time? This seems a bit protective of agents rights and not the NFL Owners or Players. Why would the NFLPA/NFL contract be written in such a manner? Not Good.

  4. smcgaels1997 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:08 PM

    Hard hitting safety who can’t cover…very replaceable

  5. skeebo80 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:09 PM


  6. torontofalcon says: Mar 7, 2013 11:10 PM

    William Moore is the better safety but he’s injured often thats why teams will push hard for Goldson first, then who ever misses out on him will try to pry away Willy from the Falcons

  7. fumblenuts says: Mar 7, 2013 11:10 PM

    Dashon Goldson to the Hawks…

  8. waxthat says: Mar 7, 2013 11:22 PM

    I want to cut Whitner, sign Goldson and move to SS, Sign Woodson to play FS.

    Wishful thinking 9ers fan

  9. gotampabay52 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:24 PM

    Tampa Bay has cash hot chicks and best beaches so come play football in the Real Bay Area

  10. baymac408 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:24 PM

    GOLD SON!!! Straight smackin people… I’d hate to see you go!!!

  11. jssgriffi says: Mar 7, 2013 11:26 PM

    If the eagles don’t make a run at this guy, I have no faith in this new coaching staff. This is a huge need for the eagles and he is a solid safety. Got get’em!

  12. calhounlambeau says: Mar 7, 2013 11:33 PM

    Dashon Goldson is the most overrated player in this FA class. That guy is right, William Moore is better. If Goldston played on the Cardinals nobody would know who he is. He’s an average player worth $4-$5 million a year at best.

  13. 6thsense79 says: Mar 7, 2013 11:50 PM

    calhounlambeau says:Mar 7, 2013 11:33 PM

    Dashon Goldson is the most overrated player in this FA class. That guy is right, William Moore is better. If Goldston played on the Cardinals nobody would know who he is. He’s an average player worth $4-$5 million a year at best.
    Yet multiple teams who make it their business to know talent are willing to chase and put a decent chunk of money in Goldson’s pockets think otherwise.

    What are your NFL player evaluation credentials again?

  14. baymac408 says: Mar 8, 2013 12:00 AM

    People from Tampa wouldn’t last in the bay.. You would get EATIN alive on every corner!! Clown

  15. seanje says: Mar 8, 2013 12:06 AM

    If you could tell me he’ll be healthy, I’d still take Louis Delmas over any other free agent safety. By a considerable margin. That health, however, is unfortunately not on his side. Judging by some of Mayhew and Schwartz’s comments this off-season, I’m getting the impression that Delmas’ knee might be degenerative. They also didn’t even consider placing the franchise tag on him.

  16. selbyrj82 says: Mar 8, 2013 12:25 AM

    He’s just like Roy Williams was for Dallas. Great hitter, can’t cover, but his market he plays in makes him overrated. Great point I think was made that if he played in AZ no one would know who he was. Jerry Jones, please don’t sign him and make him the ‘Boys Roy Willams of the 2010 decade. Granted Sensabaugh isn’t lighting up the world, but hell do fine for the price they have him at.

  17. true9erfan66 says: Mar 8, 2013 12:48 AM

    I agree with a lot of u guys I happen to be a life lOng hard core 9er fan.
    And goldson is a product of the defense. Not completely but the niners don’t need a run support hard hitting safety. Which is goldsons strength now if your team needs that type of safety than go for him. But I also find it hard to believe that he would warrant. Top safety money but if that’s what you want than go for it. But guys the 49ers will be fine. Personally I think 49ers should move up draft board with all there picks and either go for 1 of top safety is best route and than sign Ed Reed or Woodson for a year or so while they develop or If they get top safety he should be ready to play or maybe even get one of better cover safety that are available in FA than draft NT DE in first round move up than use 2nd on safety but either way we go draft wise we need to use what ever needed to move up and get high players for safety DE,NT than CB help cause Rogers at his salary anyway won’t be there after this year. But we should not Resign goldson unless it’s at that 3-5 mil range

  18. cpo187 says: Mar 8, 2013 1:40 AM

    We will let the girls decide who the hottest is.

  19. fukpittsburgh says: Mar 8, 2013 2:02 AM

    Dashon Goldson considers it a privilege to get worked by Joe Flacco.

  20. rickyspanish says: Mar 8, 2013 2:49 AM


    Seattle already has the best safety tandem in the league.

  21. myosin10 says: Mar 8, 2013 3:10 AM

    Cut Goldson sign Reed? Go from a big time hitter to a big time ball hawk.

  22. goldrush94 says: Mar 8, 2013 3:32 AM

    As a 9ers fan, I’d like to see someone else overpay for Goldson and for the 9ers instead to upgrade the position by signing Woodson.

  23. pksullivanmha says: Mar 8, 2013 6:28 AM

    He’s only the hottest with Jairus Byrd out of the picture. @footballady52 🏈

  24. stevincinci says: Mar 8, 2013 7:32 AM


  25. vikings777 says: Mar 8, 2013 7:47 AM

    That’s garbage. If a player chooses to represent himself, then he’s the agent and should be allowed to use the same rules as other agents.

  26. larry321 says: Mar 8, 2013 8:37 AM

    Umm, Ed Reeds issue is not the lack of an agent, it’s that his 34 with a history of being injury prone.

  27. pmeredith77 says: Mar 8, 2013 8:39 AM

    The eagles do need him but the price has to be right.

  28. omegaichiban says: Mar 8, 2013 9:02 AM

    Whoever kept biting up for the big hit and getting burnt, cost the 9ers the SB.

  29. 49erlifer says: Mar 11, 2013 2:24 PM

    I dont get the cant cover comments the dude is a ball hawking hard hitting safety I think most people are confusing him with Donte Whitner who is always getting beat deep just watch the superbowl again Goldson isnt the problem.

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