Goldson gets lofty comparison, lives up to franchise tag

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Goldson gets lofty comparison, lives up to franchise tag

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers' most-notable scheduled free agent got a nice boost from his defensive coordinator on Thursday.Safety Dashon Goldson is playing this season under the 49ers' franchise tag. The 49ers are prohibited from negotiating a long-term deal with him until after the final regular-season game. Goldson's asking price certainly is not coming down, based on how he performed over the first eight games of the season.RELATED: Dashon Goldson stats 2012 game logs
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who served four seasons on the Baltimore coaching staff, said Goldson ranks up there with Ravens safety Ed Reed, who has earned eight trips to the Pro Bowl and five first-team All-Pro selections in his first 10 NFL seasons.

"Ed Reed's a little different guy, the way he's always played safety," Fangio said. "Ed's got tremendous instincts and a great feel for the ball, tremendous ball skills. And Ed's one of the best safeties in this era the last 10, 15 years, for sure. But Dashon, I think, is right up there with him."Sources over the past two years have told CSNBayArea.com that Goldson sought a long-term contract for 8 million annually when he first became a free agent in 2011. He ended up signing a one-year, 2 million deal to return to the 49ers that season.
Last year, he fired his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and hired Ben Dogra. The 49ers placed the franchise tag on Goldson at a cost of 6.212 million for one season. The sides did not come together on a long-term deal.
Goldson, who could've delayed signing the tender, reported to training camp on time. And he has produced in a big way."He played well for us last year," Fangio said. "I think he's even playing better this year. Is it any one thing or area? No. I think he's doing everything a little bit better. And that's saying a lot because he was a Pro Bowl safety for us last year."Goldson has two interceptions and six passes defensed. He has forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. He has also shown an uncanny ability to line up 15 yards deep in the secondary, immediately diagnose a run play and make aggressive tackles near the line of scrimmage.Even if the sides are unable to work out a long-term extension in the offseason, the 49ers can secure Goldson's services again with the franchise tag. The cost would be a reasonable one-year, 7.45 million contract -- or a 120-percent raise over his salary this season.
So, in other words, despite being scheduled for unrestricted free agency next year, Goldson does not figure to be going anywhere in 2013.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.