Dashon Goldson's play, much like the San Francisco 49ers squad that went 13-3 in the regular season, was a surprise to fans and analysts alike. His excellent play in 2011 was rewarded with a Pro Bowl nod but can we expect the hard-hitting safety to remain in San Fran in 2013 and beyond?
Only Trent Baalke and the rest of the 49ers front office staff will know for sure, and even then I wouldn't expect a clear answer out of the sly general manager.
What we know is that Goldson will be a 49er in 2012, as Baalke designated the franchise tag on the veteran safety, valued at about $6.2 million.
It was unclear if Goldson would sign the deal, but as reported by the 49ers, the veteran safety has signed the $6.2 million tender offered by the 49ers. This is good news for 49ers fans, as the team will employ the same outstanding personnel on defense in 2012 that they fielded in their magical 2011 season.
While we can't deny Goldson's production on the field, there could be some outside factors that prevent a long-term deal from being accomplished.