Matt Maiocco reported yesterday afternoon that 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson figured out a replacement agent after parting ways with Drew Rosenhaus. According to a source, Goldson will go with CAA Football as he looks to work out a new contract with the 49ers. CAA Football is part of CAA Sports, which is a division of Creative Artists Agency.
This is an interesting decision by Goldson because CAA represents several current 49ers including Alex Smith, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Ray McDonald, Jonathan Goodwin and Donte Whitner. This does not automatically improve Goldson's chances of getting a long term contract figured out, but I can't imagine it hurting that cause.
The 49ers do have the option of the franchise tag if needed, but they have time to discuss a long term deal. I believe under the terms of the franchise tag they have until July to figure out an extension. I could be wrong on that, but I believe it's something along those lines. It is worth noting that the franchise tag represents an approximately $6.2 million on year deal with the entire amount hitting this year's cap. One upside to a long term deal is that the cap hit for year one would likely be less than that due to a signing bonus and other bonuses along the way.
What do you see as a reasonable contract extension for Goldson? And by reasonable, I mean reasonable for both sides. Last year, Goldson was offered five years, $25 million before signing a one year deal for $2 million when he blew any chance at leverage. According to Maiocco's article, Rosenhaus told Goldson he could get five years, $40 million like Eric Weddle. That did not quite pan out as planned.
Goldson strongly believes he will be back with the 49ers, but the 49ers have not revealed any of their cards thus far. The franchise tag makes it seem likely that Goldson is back at least one more year, but it depends in part on what kind of progress they make on a long term deal. Will Goldson ever get more than a one year deal with the 49ers this year or any time in the future?