Report: 49ers won’t use the franchise tag on Dashon Goldson

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco 49ers don’t plan on using the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson for a second straight offseason.

 The 49ers do not plan to use the franchise tag, according to two league sources, which means Goldson, a Pro Bowl and All-Pro safety, will get to test his worth on the open market. You’ll recall that “Good Cop” Jim Harbaugh said that Goldson “deserved” a long-term contract. At the combine, “Bad Cop” Trent Baalke said, “You can’t pay everybody, and you certainly can’t pay everybody if you’re overpaying others.”

The 28 year-old Goldson recorded 69 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 3 interceptions in 2012.  As good as he’s been over the past couple of years, it doesn’t look like the 49ers can afford to re-sign or tag Goldson.