When asked about playing for Cincy, Dashon Goldson said he'd be interested in playing for the @bengals ... Stay Tuned for full audio.— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 5, 2013
Goldson is currently slated to hit the open market in free agency as sources indicate that he will not be retained by the 49ers.
The safety position opposite Reggie Nelson was a major concern for the Bengals in 2012. Cincinnati tried four different players at the position throughout the 2012 season—Taylor Mays, Jeromy Miles, Nate Clements and Chris Crocker.
Clements and Crocker are headed to free agency and are not expected to re-sign with the franchise. Mays and Miles still have yet to go through the remainder of their growing pains as they get used to playing at the NFL level. Most likely, they will not be ready to start in the 2013 season.
Goldson would be an instant starter and would be able to have an immediate impact in the Bengals secondary. Last year in San Francisco, Goldson totaled 69 tackles, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions.
Including a player with this kind of ability along side of Nelson would bolster the Bengals secondary to a level that defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has not seen in his tenure with the franchise.
Known for his big hitting, Goldson is still only 28 years old and would blend into this young core of players currently residing in Cincinnati.
The Bengals now have the second largest amount of cap space in the NFL ($46 million) after placing the franchise tag on Michael Johnson.
The question becomes, how much money should the Bengals be willing to spend if they choose to court Goldson?
What should the Bengals do about the free safety position in 2013?
Recently, a report surfaced from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Goldson is seeking somewhere in the vicinity of $8 million per year. With the amount of cap space the Bengals currently possess, this seems like a smart move if they would make it the one blockbuster free-agent signing for 2013.
Many think the Bengals should look at the position long-term via the draft. Prospects available early are Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) and Matt Elam (Florida).
This brings up the next question: Is experience and a high price tag more valuable than a high draft pick that is unproven, but comes with plenty of potential?
The free safety scenario has just become very interesting for the Bengals front office and coaching staff.