Q&A with 49ers saftey Dashon Goldson

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Q&A with 49ers saftey Dashon Goldson

49ers safety Dashon Goldson was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio's Late Hits on Tuesday, and spent some time touching on his contract situation. The 49ers placed the franchise tag on Goldson, and Monday is the deadline for the two sides to agree on a multi-year deal. If a deal isn't done, he and the 49ers will not be able to negotiate a new contract until after the final game of the regular season. Here is a partial transcript of Goldson's interview on Late Hits:
On the offseason
Its been kinda lonely. You know Id love to be there with my teammates, without a doubt. Unfortunately Im on the business side of things (right now). Its just one of those things. But Im feeling good. Ive been working out with all these trainers just picking their brains and adding different stuff to my game. Im at a stage where Ive been in the league going on six years now and Ive been training for a while. So its good to go and bounce around and see what other trainers have. Theres a lot of guys in different leagues that have trainers. They always speak on their trainers so I like to go out there and test them out and see what they got. And they all been great so far. I love em all and they have been tremendous. This whole offseason for me. Ive been working out with Jay Glazer as well. Thats a guy just stepping up, stepping out of my box a little bit with the training and as a football player. Just developing different techniques I can use and add to my game. Im in a position where I want to accomplish a lot. Just be there and be that guy for my team. And I havent been there all offseason so Im sure they're working hard and I gotta do the same thing.

Is it like a second lockout offseason?

Yeah, it feels that way. Mine was a little extended last year due to contracts and all that like I said, its unfortunate i'm on that side of the business, but Ill be well prepared when I get back in to camp.

Optimism on having extension by July 16

Ill let that stay between my agent and the organization as far as those negotiations. Im hoping something long-term will happen, but like you said i'm not taking anything personal. I look at it as a business move on their part. Thats just the business. So i'm not taking anything personal. (something about the tag). Any guy would love a long-term, six years. I played on a one-year last year after a four-year deal. One-year, one-year is not what any football player wants because we all know what we put our bodies through and what we do for our football teams and stuff like that. But I mean its all good. Theres no love lost or anything like that. I just hope something will get done. And if not, ill still be a 49er

On Michael Griffin (Titans) as a helpful blueprint for contract
Im sure it helps. A lot of guys complaining about nobodys getting signed, nobodys getting signed. Mike griffins a great player. Hes a good friend of mine and i'm excited for him. He does a lot for that football team and hes well deserving of what he got. I wouldnt say it would hurt. And if it does i'm not an agent so I wouldnt know how. I'm sure those guys figure that out. I'm not an expert in that area.

Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow

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Injury report: 49ers DL Dial sits out practice with elbow

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Quinton Dial was held out of practice Wednesday due to an elbow that places his availability in question for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the New York Jets.

Dial returned to action on Sunday against the Chicago Bears after missing the previous game with neck and knee issues. Newly acquired defensive lineman Chris Jones started the past two games in place of Dial.

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch continues to be hobbled with a high-ankle sprain. He has missed the past five games with the injury. Lynch took part in limited practice on Wednesday

49ERS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
Limited
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

JETS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
C Nick Mangold (ankle)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
LB Julian Stanford (ankle)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
Limited
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
Full participation
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers

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Marshall: Fuzzy memory of first meeting with Ward due to painkillers

SANTA CLARA – Wide receiver Brandon Marshall supplied 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward with the first learning experience of his NFL career early in his rookie season.

Ward has a vivid memory of the game – just his second in the NFL – and the three touchdowns passes Marshall caught on him to lead the Chicago Bears to a 28-20 victory over the 49ers in the first regular-season game played at Levi’s Stadium.

But Marshall, now a member of the New York Jets, admitted Wednesday to having a fuzzy recollection of that game due to painkillers he was prescribed in order to play in the game. Marshall, an 11-year NFL veteran, was in his third and final season with the Bears.

“Well, I don’t really remember much about that game because, uh, I worked really hard to get back from a high-ankle (sprain) . . . I don’t want to go there,” Marshall said, beginning to laugh on a conference call with Bay Area reporters.

“I’ll say it: I took a couple pain pills, so . . . I took a couple of pain pills to mask the pain. I really wasn’t supposed to play. I came back from a high ankle, you know, within 10 days. I was supposed to be out four-to-six weeks. So I don’t remember much from that game. I just remember catching those balls. That was pretty much it.”

Marshall was listed as questionable for the game. On the day of the game, ESPN reported, citing a source, that there was a "75 percent" chance neither Marshall nor Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) would play. Both receivers played in the game.

Marshall had five receptions for 48 yards with touchdown catches of 17, 5 and 3 yards while being matched in the slot against Ward, the 49ers’ first-round pick in that year’s draft. That game served as a study guide for Ward.

“Yeah, I watched it a lot,” Ward said. “It was my welcome-to-the-NFL game. Just looking forward to going against Brandon Marshall for the second time in my career.”

Ward will undoubtedly see plenty of Marshall on Sunday when the 49ers face the Jets on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Marshall may not remember much from facing Ward two seasons ago, but he said he has been impressed with what he sees on film.

“I think he’s really tough,” Marshall said. “He’s tough and he’s crafty and savvy. This is a guy that seems to really study the game and understands his opponent. If you go out there and give him the same release two or three times in a row, nine times out of 10, he’s going to get the best of you. We have to do a better job than him this week of studying film and trying to outwork him mentally.”

Marshall’s revelation that his memory of the 2014 game against the 49ers is clouded due to the use of painkillers comes at a time when Warriors coach Steve Kerr last week said on the Warriors Insider Podcast that he tried marijuana in hopes it would provide relief during the back issues that forced him to take a leave of absence of nearly four months.

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr told CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin. And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”

When asked for his stance on whether the NFL should reconsider its position to include marijuana as a banned substance, Marshall received some direction from a Jets public-relations employee who could be heard in the background of the call saying that Marshall “knows better than that.”

But Marshall answered the question, saying that he wants to learn more about the subject.

“I do not have a stance on that," Marshall said. "That is something that I actually want to research more this offseason when I have time. I’m not a guy that knows about the benefits of what it can do for pain and other things. But I’d like to hear others’ opinions and really research the effects it can have on us -- positives and negatives.”