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49ers don’t franchise tag Dashon Goldson

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Monday was the last day NFL teams could bestow the franchise tag to players, but by the time the 1 p.m. deadline passed, 49ers safety Dashon Goldson, previously considered a potential franchise target, was left untagged.

That’s just fine with Pro Bowler, who held the 49ers franchise tag a year ago and has been clamoring for the security of a long-term deal this go around (after having a season that proved he is certainly deserving of as much). Despite those wishes, the Niners were reportedly flirting with the idea of tagging him a second year in a row.

So, where do the Niners go from here?

Goldson had his first wish fulfilled, but it’s going to be tough for the Niners to fulfill that second wish. The team’s cap room is tight, with cap relief coming after Alex Smith is traded and David Akers released, but Goldson is just one of a number of unrestricted free agents—including Delanie Walker, Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois—hitting the market, and talks between both sides have been slow thus far. From Matt Barrows:

Still, the 49ers already have given long-term contracts to several defensive players – Patrick Willis,NaVorro Bowman,Ahmad Brooks – in recent years, and there has been little progress to this point in the negotiations with Goldson. Over the last two offseasons, Goldson has been seeking a deal similar to the one safety Eric Weddle signed with the Chargers in 2011 – five years for $40 million. The 49ers have refused to match that asking price, a stalemate that continues today.

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