With Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline passing, San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson will not receive the long-term deal he was seeking. Ben Dogra, Goldson's agent, told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com that a multi-year deal would not happen. Dogra told Maiocco that "there will not be a long-term deal for Dashon."
For Goldson, this is obviously a disappointing outcome to his offseason. His contract status was the biggest contract concern heading into training camp, yet the two sides were unable to come to an agreement. With training camp officially beginning July 26, he has yet to sign his one-year tender from the franchise tag and there is no guarantees he'll report to camp on time. His absence at camp, although not the worst thing in the world, would cause him to miss his first chance at experiencing a complete Jim Harbaugh training camp.
With the new collective bargaining agreement, franchise players are not allowed to have their contract extended past the deadline. This means the safety would receive $6.212 million in 2012 when he signs the contract. Compared to the $2 million he made last season and the $4.7 million he made in his first five seasons in the NFL, this is a hefty raise but still a disappointing one for a leader of the elite 49ers defense.
Now that Goldson has to return to the 49ers without a chance at negotiating an extension, this will be the second straight season where he has play on a one-year deal. Before the start of last season, Goldson's former agent Drew Rosenhaus convinced him to reject a five-year, $25 million contract in hopes of securing a deal closer to a five-year, $40 million contract similar to San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle. Once again missing out on a big contract extension, this will hopefully not cause tension between team and player.
In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Goldson did state that he would play for the franchise tag if he has to and would still be a 49er, but he would prefer to have long-term security. While an allegiance to the only NFL team he has called home is reassuring, everyone can only hope this failed contract negotiation does not affect him mentally or emotionally next season. With no proven backup safeties behind him on the depth chart (both Reggie Smith and Madieu Williams are no longer on the team), the 49ers will need to rely on his physical and aggressive play to man the team's secondary.
Goldson's wish for multi-year deal on hold - until next offseason, 49ers Hot Read, Bay Area News Group
Deadline passes with no multi-year deal for Goldson, CSN Bay Area
Dashon Goldson's agent: No long-term deal with 49ers, CBSSports.com
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