San Francisco 49ers 2012 NFL Season: Dashon Goldson or NaVorro Bowman?

Colan LamontAnalyst IIMay 20, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:   NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers and his team prepare to take the field for the start of the NFC Divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Both of these players are vital contributors to arguably the best defense in the entire NFL.

But Goldson had the franchise tag slapped on him and Bowman is way outperforming his rookie deal.

Bowman's contract expires after the 2013 NFL season and his four-year deal is only worth $2.49 million.

$2.49 million over four years is a great deal of money, but Bowman deserves to get a new deal now.

I'm sure that many 49ers fans would love to see Patrick Willis and Bowman be the nucleus of the 49ers defence for a long time.

Bowman should be signed up quickly if the 49ers want to ward off any potential suitors.

Already a top-five player at his position, Bowman is versatile enough to play in both the 3-4 and 4-3 systems—every single NFL team will be after him.

Willis signed a seven-year deal worth $53.51 million in 2010 and so I think Bowman warrants at least a five-year $40 million deal.

Whether he gets it or not, I'm not sure.


The reason I'm not sure is Dashon Goldson.

Goldson was a vital member of the 49ers defence last year and he also deserves a big deal.

Watching Goldson deliver huge hits and pick off six passes in the 2011/2012 season was brilliant.

I still wish that he would wrap up sometimes, though.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants loses his shoe as he can't make a catch in overtime against Dashon Goldson #38 and Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on
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At 6'2" and over 200 lbs., Goldson plays the free safety spot with the physicality of a linebacker.

I  think Goldson could also be a Pro Bowl player at strong safety.

Goldson established himself as one of the best safeties in the league last year and I'd hate to see him go.

If Michael Huff of the Oakland Raiders got a new $32 million deal over four years, I'd expect Goldson to want a four-year deal worth at least $35 million.


I'm not saying that it's impossible to sign both players to new deals: only that it will be difficult to do so.

The 49ers front office will have to deal with an influx of expiring contracts after the 2012 and 2013 seasons and I think two big deals could be out of the question.

So, It'll be interesting to know whether or not 49ers fans think both players can be signed to extensions.

If not, who would you rather see remain a 49er?