Don't be fooled by the title of the post. I'm not suggesting Dashon Goldson would be run out of town any time soon. But one has to wonder if the soon-to-be 28 year old safety is running out of chances to get a long-term contract in San Francisco as the negotiating period for franchise players comes to a close.
Didn't realize Goldson turned 28 in September? I had to think about it for a minute, too. He's been a promising young player the last few years, but the he's added two years to his age and still hasn't received a multi-year contract since his rookie deal.
Personally I would have paid him Michael Griffin numbers easily. The guaranteed money in that deal was only $11.5M for skill and another $3.5M for injury. Averaged out that's only $5M per season, and the latter portion of the guaranteed money only becomes fully guaranteed after the fifth day following the 2013 waiver period.
It makes you wonder if Goldson wanted more, or if the 49ers simply didn't want to pony-up even that much cash.
Either way, the guy is approaching 30 and hasn't put together two really good seasons to-date. It would seem like an uphill battle for an extension in San Francisco, barring a stellar 2012 season.