The San Francisco 49ers placed “the non-exclusive franchise tag” on safety Dashon Goldson Friday, according to the team’s press release. Goldson was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13.
If Goldson receives a contract offer from another organization, the 49ers will have the right to match the offer. If they choose not to match the offer, then the team would receive two first-round draft choices as compensation.
The franchise tender guarantees Goldson a one-year contract equivalent to the average of the top five highest paid players at his position, based off the last five seasons – around $6.2 million.
This the consecutive year in which the 49ers and Goldson were not able to agree on a long-term deal, but according general manager Trent Baalke, tagging their outstanding safety will give them the opportunity to continue talks with interference.
“Dashon has been a 49er since we selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 draft,” said Baalke, according to a release statement from the 49ers. “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.”
The Carson, CA native has played in 65 games (48 starts) for the Bay Area’s finest, as he accumulated 334 tackles, 11 interceptions, three sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 24 passes defensed.
Goldson, 27, has started all 46 games in which he’s appeared over the past three seasons and his 11 interceptions are the most by a 49er since 2007.
In 2011, Goldson (6-2, 200) earned his first Pro Bowl selection as he recorded a career-high six interceptions, which ranked tied for first on the team and second in the NFL among safeties. In addition, the former Washington Huskie registered 80 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and nine passes defensed.
Goldson is the second 49er, in one week, the organization addressed regarding their futures with the team. Tuesday, the 49ers re-sign linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a six-year extension worth $44.5 million, with $17.5 guaranteed.
The 49ers still have to work out deals for quarterback Alex Smith, cornerback Carlos Rogers, wide receivers Josh Morgan and Ted Ginn, Jr. and guards Chilo Rachal and Adam Snyder.
Clearly, The 49ers’ organization pursuing to keep their solid team attach, as they continue to build within.