Dashon Goldson ‘Open To Pretty Much Anywhere’

Dashon Goldson stated his desire to return to San Francisco in a recent interview with Sirius XM, but allowed that there “hasn’t been much talk” of a new deal with the Niners as of yet. Free agency is just six days away.

“Hopefully something picks up and if they [don’t], I will be interested in what other teams would have to say,” Goldson said, adding that he would be open to playing “pretty much anywhere.”

Several stars would have to align for him to end up in Philadelphia.

One factor is money. Goldson is reportedly seeking a contract worth $8 million a year. The Eagles have the cap room to make it happen (they have more than $33 million worth of space even before you factor Nnamdi Asomugha‘s numbers into the equation), it’s a matter of whether it is viewed as the most sound investment. There are a lot of pieces that need to be filled in, and a long-term plan that needs to be mapped out. Does it make sense to commit that kind of money to the 28-year-old Pro Bowler, or can you get better value elsewhere?

Whether it is Goldson or otherwise, it’s a safe bet that the Eagles will attack their safety need in free agency. Howie Roseman on Wednesday said there are more safeties with draftable grades in the upcoming NFL Draft than there have been in recent years. The problem is, there’s no way of guaranteeing that you will walk away with one.

“Where are they going to come off?” said Roseman. “You think that there is a strength and then there is a run and you look at your board and you go, ‘OK, I thought that was a strong position but I guess not.'”

Given that they can’t really afford to walk away empty-handed this offseason, chances are they will secure a safety in free agency so they don’t have to reach come April.

A look at the free-agent safeties can be found here.

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  • Sounds like Howie wants to take one of the first safeties off the board instead of waiting for someone to fall because of the crop’s depth. I don’t view that the same as reaching. Just that Howie is not so confident in scouting safeties he feels he can push his luck. Lessons of 2010/11 perhaps.

    • JofreyRice


      • I was thinking more like getting one of the second round graded safeties at #35 instead of hoping the right one falls to #67 (Baccari Rambo would be ideal there as a weed guy value pick).

        Getting back to our conversation about Vaccaro, I think you are forgetting all of the accolades for Eric Berry and Earl Thomas before they were drafted. Berry especially. He reached near mythic levels at Tennessee. He was said to cover like a corner and hit like an anvil. He was a ballhawk who was a threat to score any time he got near the ball. The only knock on him was that he had average size for a safety at 6′ 210. The expectations were for Berry to
        be a perrenial All Pro and take the reins from Ed Reed as the best safety. And many thought that Earl Thomas was not far behind. That duo was almost like the Luck/RGIII of safety prospects.

        I hesitate to put Vacarro in that category not because I want to put him down, but because Berry and Thomas held such lofty prospect status.

        • dmacage

          earl is a really good player. we would love someone like him.

        • JofreyRice

          Ok, yeah, I may have understated the case for Berry as a prospect. It’s hard not to let the reality of him as a pro creep in. You’re right, as a prospect, he was supposed to be Steve Atwater walking onwater. Earl Thomas was different case, though. No one denied his ball skills, but there were some real concerns about how he’d hold up against the run game. I think the general consensus was that the guy was an excellent deep safety in coverage, and that his skills in that category outweighed any deficiencies against the run. I think that’s pretty much held true–he plays the run well enough. The way Seatlle uses him is brilliant.

          I like Rambo a lot. He’s my second favorite safety for the Eagles, although it’s much closer between him & Cyprien than either of them and Vaccaro. I was hoping the highest Rambo go is the third, and that we’d somehow come out of this draft with him & Vaccaro (pipe-dream, I know). I would be happy enough with Rambo in the second, and maybe a more physical, developmental box guy like Cooper Taylor, TJ McDonald, or Robert Lester later in the draft. Maybe one of those guys could play that physical “Spur” role that Kam Chancellor plays for the Seahawks.

  • JofreyRice

    Not real interested in any of the safeties besides kicking the tires on Kenny Phillips. Some of the other guys are good players, but would be in the wrong situation. It’s such an important position, in terms of setting the tone of the D, I’d like to grow the players in house and see them develop. It looks like a great year for that in the draft.

  • Kushan Patel

    Definite NO on Goldson. He’s clearly a mercenary. We’re building a team here.

    • Mostel

      Goldson puts guys to sleep. When he stretcher shots Dez Bryant, Victor Cruz, and Pierre Garcon a few times you’ll see why he’s worth it.

      • Kushan Patel

        Goldson might be able to do it at that high level consistently for maybe 1-2 years before he starts to become expensive while his skills start to decline. This is assuming he fits in to our ambiguous defensive scheme. Another poster already noted that he was a result of a great SF front seven. No thanks.

  • Mostel

    Eric Weddle, the guy who has the career “highlight” of getting knocked out by Anquan Boldin, signed a 5 year / $40 million contract with San Diego going into the 2011 season. If that stiff is worth $8 mil / year, Goldson is a steal at that number. Glover Quinn would be worth that $ as well.

    • xlGmanlx

      Weddle was also cut after one year.

    • Damien

      He made the pro bowl in 2011 and should have made it in 2012. What are you talking about?

      • Mostel

        He made that pro bowl based on one lucky season of INTs and some pub based on his big contract. “Should have” for 2012 is very funny, but he’s not that good. Again, all he’s good for is not making a tackle on a 4th& 29 vs. the Ravens while getting blasted by Boldin.

  • Sensei

    Wouldn’t be opposed to signing him the cap space is there and I highly doubt two starting caliber safeties will be drafted along with at least one starting corner

  • nicksaenz1

    I’d like to see a move made for Quin, Clemons, or Phillips. Not Goldson, though. Not that he’s not good, but I think he realized he’s gotten maybe as far as he ever will and is just out for the check. Plus he has at least 2 years on the 3 aforementioned.

    • Mostel

      That is a fair point. Quinn would be a good signing, but I’m still rather hung up on the chance that Goldson ends Victor Cruz’s worthless salsa dancing life with a kill shot. Hits like B-Dawk put on Ike Hiliard need to happen here again!

  • Jay Grace

    Bring back Q. Demps

  • Token

    Please say no to this guy. Maybe the most overrated player in free agency. One of the most overrated players in the league by Eagles fans.