Goldson Was Happy, Healthy In San FranciscoMarch 13th, 2013
Joe’s done a load of studying on stud free agent safety Dashon Goldson, who is in Tampa now waiting for Team Glazer to break out their fancy pen to write him an eight-figure check that will make him proud.
The bottom line on Goldson is he’s a guy that’s proven for years he can hit, play the run, be instinctive, and is effective in a centerfield role. The ProFootballFocus stats crowd claims Goldson is a shoddy tackler, but Joe takes their analysis with a grain of salt. (Exactly what are the film-analysis credentials of those guys?) One would think the New Schiano Order would get creative with him and Mark Barron, who likely will be more effective playing closer to the line of scrimmage.
Various reports show the Goldson was darn happy with the Niners and he said this month that he wanted to return with a long term contract. He was the 49ers franchise player last year, tagged at $6.2 million in 2012 at the safety position.
The San Francisco Chronicle popped an interview with Goldson after the Super Bowl. Here’s an excerpt below:
Q: You’ve been here a while. Feel like there’s some good faith to work something out?
Yeah, hopefully, I’m just staying positive. I’m where I want to be. I was in this position before and I got my hopes up and it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to. And it happens. But for me to come back, I feel like they wanted me to prove myself — again. And I think I did just that. So if I was able to be in this situation again with the franchise tag, I’d be very surprised.
Q: Risk in franchise tag?
There’s no security in it. I’ve been in this league now six years, going on seven. I think I’ve done what I’ve had to do to deserve a second contract, period. The franchise tag, it’s cool. It’s not that bad with the money, but everybody wants security. In the job that I do, and the position I play, there’s a lot that comes with the territory. Security is something that you want at my position, for sure.
Q: Individually, was this your best season?
No, I think I have plenty of seasons that were good. I don’t know if this was my best season. I just think I was comfortable this year. I was healthy. I think I did some good things.
(You can read the entire interview by clicking the link above.)
It’ll be a surprise if the Bucs don’t have a deal with Goldson in a matter of hours. Joe really can’t wait to see the attitude and swagger he brings to the Bucs’ defense. If Ronde Barber sucks it up and returns in a nickel-back role, and the Bucs score a good free agent cornerback and draft one, Tampa Bay should have secondary that doesn’t suck the life out of the team next season.