SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04: Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after intercepting a pass against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Last night, 49ers safety Dashon Goldson chatted with Alex Marvez and Randy Cross on SiriusXM, and he had a chance to discuss his contract situation and how his offseason has gone. I've transcribed his comments after the jump and you can also listen to the three minute interview: Dashon Goldson XM Interview.
Goldson and the 49ers have until this coming Monday to work out a long-term deal. If a deal is not reached by Monday, Goldson's only options are sign the franchise tender or hold out. Goldson confirmed that he would be fine playing under the one year franchise contract. He mentioned getting into camp, but didn't specify when. My guess is he will be in camp when veterans have to report on July 26, but I'm not 100% certain on that.
I inferred being on time in part from his comment about it being like the lockout last year for him with his solo workouts. He mentioned how that was also extended last year due to not getting a contract figured out until camp had already started. Maybe it means nothing, maybe it means everything. Whatever the case, Goldson seems to be taking it in stride.
How this offseason has been different working out on his own
Well it's been kinda lonely, you know. I'd love to be there with my teammates, without a doubt. But unfortunately I'm on the side because of the business side of things. It's just one of those things. I'm feeling good. I've been working out with all these trainers, just picking their brains and just adding different stuff to my game.
I'm at a stage where I've been in the league going on six years now and I've been training for a whole now, so it's good to bounce around and see what other trainers have. A lot of guys around the league have different trainers and they speak on their trainers, so I like to go out there and test them out and see what they've got. And they've all been great so far. I love 'em all and they have been tremendous. This whole offseason, I've been working out with Jay Glazer as well.
Just stepping out of my box a little bit with the training as a football player. Just developing different techniques I can use and add to my game. I'm in a position where I want to accomplish a lot and just be there and be that guy for my team. I haven't been there all offseason so I'm sure they've been working hard, gotta do the same thing.
Is it like a second lockout (comparing to last season)?
Yea, it feels that way. Mine was a little extended last year due to contract issues and all that. Like I said, it's unfortunate I'm on that side of the business, but I'll be well-prepared when I get back into the camp.
On July 16 deadline for long term deal - how optimistic something will get done
You know, I leave that between my agent and the organization as far as the negotiations. I'm hoping something long-term will happen, but I'm not taking anything personal. I just look at it as a business move on their part. That's just the business. I'm not taking anything personal. If I have to play for the tag, I have to play for the tag. Any guy would love the long term security. I played on a one-year last year after a four-year deal. All these one year deals, it's not what any football player, because we all know what we put our bodies through and what we do for our football teams and stuff like that. But, it's all good. There's no love lost or anything like that. I just hope something will get done. And if not, I'll still be a 49er.