The 49ers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on S Dashon Goldson, the team announced Friday.
Goldson, a fifth-year veteran, was drafted by San Francisco in 2007 and re-signed to a one-year deal last offseason. In 2011, he started 14 games and recorded 67 tackles, nine passes defensed and six interceptions.
"Dashon has been a 49er since we selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 draft," GM Trent Baalke said. "By using the franchise tag on Dashon, it affords us the opportunity to continue to work on a long-term contract with him."
Goldson started all 16 games in 2009 and ’10. He has 11 career interceptions. The projected value of the franchise tender for safeties is between $6.22 million and $6.459 million, according to Football Outsiders.
The way we see it
It was widely expected that the Niners would franchise Goldson, whose cap hit with the tag is far less taxing on the team's budget than a franchise designation would have been for either CB Carlos Rogers or QB Alex Smith, who both are considered top re-signing priorities.
The Niners' secondary steadily improved in 2011, and Goldson was the unit's top performer when it counted most down the stretch. He has always had a playmaking flair, and he shapes up as a core defender moving forward after finishing the regular season with six interceptions and picking off Drew Brees during the Niners' divisional-playoff win.
Interestingly, Goldson is represented by CAA, the agency that also handles Alex Smith, Aldon Smith and star ILB Patrick Willis.