Free agency doesn’t begin until March 12, but that’s not stopping NFL scribes and pundits from looking at the best players soon to be available.
In the case of NFL.com’s Adam Schein, the most underrated free agents came into greater focus in a recent post. The respected columnist listed his top-nine underrated free agents with 49ers Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson coming in at No. 3.
Goldson, a two-time Pro Bowler in consecutive seasons, recorded nine tackles in Super Bowl XLVII. It’s hard to believe a first-team All-Pro would be underrated, but Schein believes the 49ers defensive star power covers up Goldson’s impact play. After the season concluded, Jim Harbaugh made it clear that the 49ers want their 28-year-old safety around long-term.
Schein believes that’s the right train of thought.
“Goldson was the San Francisco 49ers’ ‘franchise player’ last year, so chances are he won’t be slapped with the tag again, as that would force the Niners to shell out a gigantic one-year raise,” wrote Schein, who voted for Goldson to be a first-team All-Pro. “Goldson wants a long-term commitment from San Francisco, and he has earned it.”
Goldson’s situation will be one to monitor when free agency talk heats up in the coming weeks.
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Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune believes the Chargers should emulate the 49ers and Greg Roman’s offensive innovation.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examines six of the top defensive linemen headed to the 2013 NFL Draft.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post is eager to see how the quarterbacks perform at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine.
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com breaks down the combine quarterbacks with the most to gain in Indianapolis.
49ers Hall of Fame wide receiver Dwight Clark recently preached the importance of healthy eating to a local middle school.
49ers.com shared the best photos taken in 2012 by team photographer Terrell Lloyd.
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