49ers Mailbag: Will Goldson's be a 49er beyond 2012?


49ers Mailbag: Will Goldson's be a 49er beyond 2012?

Q: What details stopped Dashon and the Niners from a contract? (@tylermfarr)
Simply, the 49ers' idea of Dashon Goldson's long-term worth is different than Goldson's idea.A league source told me in early-June that the 49ers were willing to go as high as 7 million annually with 14 million guaranteed to sign Goldson. On June 19, safety Michael Griffin's contract with the Tennessee Titans came in right around those numbers.Goldson stated on Twitter that same day the 49ers had yet to formally offer him a contract. Goldson wanted something closer to Eric Weddle's 8 million average with the San Diego Chargers.A contract averaging 7 million a year seems fair for both sides. But they were never able to get it done.REWIND: Deadline passes with no multi-year deal for Goldson
The 49ers typically set a number and they do not come off that number for anyone. Remember, before free-agency, they proposed a three-year deal to Alex Smith that averaged 8 million a year but that could max out at 11 million.That deal eventually ranked Smith in a tie for 18th among all quarterbacks. Even after the whole non-pursuit of Peyton Manning, the 49ers did not change the overall package to Smith. But they did guarantee 1 million in the second year of the deal.So the 49ers have proved they are not going to go above market value for anyone. Goldson found that out -- once again.
Q: So are we losing him after the season or before it starts? (@doyishLamb)
Goldson will play for the 49ers in 2012. He has no other viable option.But at the end of this season, the 49ers have to make a decision. They could franchise him again at a price tag of 120 percent of his 2012 salary. That would mean a one-year deal worth 7.45 million. Then, this whole scenario would play through again.Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga could also be a franchise candidate. Or the 49ers might choose not to use the tag at all next year.If the 49ers do not tag Goldson, he would be an unrestricted free agent. He would be free to negotiate a deal on the open market with any team. Last year, he did not have any luck in free agency and returned to the 49ers on a one-year, 2 million contract.How C.J. Spillman fares this season as the 49ers' No. 3 safety could go a long way toward determining what the organization will do next year.
CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach asked Goldson on Monday when he expected to sign his one-year tender with the 49ers. His answer, "No comment."So there's no word right now if Goldson plans to sign the deal and report to training camp on time. Declining to sign the tender would serve no purpose, as far as leverage, because Goldson can't negotiate with the 49ers or any other team. He can only sign the one-year deal with the 49ers.

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Michael Wilhoite has spent his whole five-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

But now the free agent inside linebacker is reportedly switching sides in the NFC West rivalry. Wilhoite is set to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Wilhoite, 30, played in all 16 games last season for the 49ers, starting in only six. In 2016 he recorded 55 tackles, 30 less than 2015 in four less games, and forced one fumble. 

After earning a promotion from the 49ers' practice squad in 2012, Wilhoite's career in the Bay Area comes to an end with 268 tackles and three interceptions in 65 games. 

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NEW YORK -- NFL owners will consider proposals next week to cut regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10; eliminate players leaping over the line on kick plays; and expansion of coaches' challenges and what can be reviewed by officials.

In what promises to be a busy annual meeting next week in Phoenix that will include discussing the Raiders' potential relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the 32 owners also will vote on changing the mechanics on replay reviews and other items intended to reduce downtime during games.

The Eagles proposed four rules changes, including abolishing the leaping techniques that league football operations director Troy Vincent said Thursday "don't belong in the game."

Seattle and Buffalo co-authored a proposal allowing a coach to challenge any officiating decision, whether a foul is called or not.

"That is a significant change to our current replay rule and it is something that will be on the floor and will be debated next week," NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino said.

Another major change would be the reduction of overtime in-season; the extra period in the playoffs would remain at 15 minutes. The powerful competition committee, of which Vincent and Blandino are members, believed it's a player safety issue, noting that number of snaps for games going to OT - especially deep into the overtime - is excessive. Especially if a team has a quick turnaround.

"We don't know where a team is going to be playing the next week, it could be four days later," said committee chairman Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. "We felt we should put an end to it. We don't think it will lead to more ties. Could it? It could, but we are not concerned with that."

As for changing the format of overtime to ensure both teams always get a possession - a popular topic after how the Super Bowl ended - Blandino said the league's wants to keep the element of sudden death in the extra period.

The "leaper rule" has taken some priority among competition committee members, the players' union and coaches. Vincent said coaches have begun scheming how to defense it, which can "create a real safety issue."

"It is really in the best interest of the game" to outlaw leaping on kicks," Vincent added.

McKay noted that the NCAA is in the process of passing a similar ban on the technique.

During the meetings that run from Sunday to Wednesday, the teams will be shown plays the competition committee believes should result in suspensions or ejections. Game officials already have had the leeway to eject players, but it rarely has happened; there were three in 2016.

"They don't happen very often, let's give the players credit," McKay said. "We have 40,000 plays in a year. We'll show a tape that will have four or five plays that would warrant suspension. This is not a widespread situation."

Added Vincent, a former NFL defensive back: "When you see the plays, they are catastrophic. We had two players who did not return for the season. They are high-impact plays that belong out of the game. It will be a real point of emphasis this season."