Agent: No rush for Goldson to sign franchise deal

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Agent: No rush for Goldson to sign franchise deal

Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson is in no hurry to sign his one-year tender as the 49ers' franchise player, his agent said Friday."There are no plans to sign the franchise tag at this time," agent Ben Dogra of CAA Football told CSNBayArea.com via text message. "We will continue to speak with the 49ers in the upcoming weeks."Goldson this week hired CAA Football as his representation after firing agent Drew Rosenhaus.
The 49ers on Friday tendered Goldson with the non-exclusive franchise tag, allowing him to negotiate with other teams. If Goldson were to sign a contract offer sheet from another club, the 49ers would have the right to match the offer. If they 49ers chose not to match the offer, the team would receive two first-round draft choices as compensation.NEWS: 49ers use franchise tag on Goldson
As soon as Goldson signs the 49ers' franchise tag, the approximate 6.2 million salary becomes guaranteed. The franchise tender provides Goldson with a one-year deal equivalent to the average of the top five highest paid players at his position each year, over the last five seasons.Goldson, 27, recorded a career-high six interceptions last season as part of a 49ers defense that held opposing quarterbacks to a 73.6 passer rating."Dashon has been a 49er since we selected him in the fourth round of the 2007 draft," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "By using the franchise tag on Dashon, it affords us the opportunity to continue to work on a long-term contract with him, while also ensuring he will be a 49er for a sixth season, in 2012."The last time the 49ers used the franchise tag was on nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin in 2010. Franklin declined to sign the contract until there were two weeks remaining before the start of the regular season.Franklin did not play well in 2010, and he did not receive much attention on the free-agent market before the start of the 2011 regular season. He eventually signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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