One of the league’s best defenses of 2011 continues to round into form during the 2012 offseason.
With free agency approaching on March 13, the 49ers have used a non-exclusive franchise tag on Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson, who was scheduled to hit the free agent market.
After signing outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a six-year extension on Monday, Pro Bowl cornerback Carlos Rogers is the only defensive starter from 2011 not under contract for this upcoming season.
Goldson’s franchise tag, however, doesn’t ensure he’ll return for 2012.
If Goldson were to receive a contract offer from another club, 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.
Goldson 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.
“By using the franchise tag on Dashon, it affords us the opportunity to continue to work on a long-term contract with him,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a team-issued press release.
More on Goldson and latest team-related headlines can be found after the jump.
With the deadline for franchise tags happening on this coming Monday, CSNBayArea.com’s Matt Maiocco explains why Goldson was a logical choice for San Francisco’s franchise tag.
Four of NFL.com’s writers have updated their mock drafts post-NFL Scouting Combine. Two of the four believe Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will be taken by the 49ers with the No. 30 pick in the first round.
With more media speculation about the 49ers drafting a wide receiver in late April, we give you Maiocco and draft analyst Wes Bunting of the National Football Post discussing the team’s options at the receiver. Bunting liked Sanu as a fit with the 49ers. “The ideal fit would be the vertical threat who can run down the field,” said Bunting, who sees Sanu as a big-bodied wideout making plays in tight spaces.
Lastly, 49ers.com will continue to take a look at the upcoming opponenets on our 2012 schedule. Our latest offering, a preview on the New York Jets, discusses the key storylines for the AFC East club that’ll host the 49ers in 2012.
TWEET ABOUT IT
Always good to spend family time with the offseason. Second-year defensive tackle Ian Williams, who made the club after being undrafted out of Notre Dame, took his mother to an Orlando Magic game Thursday night. Despite their support, Oklahoma City edged Orlando 105-102.
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