The first important date of the NFL offseason occurs on Monday with the deadline to place the franchise tag on players.
The 49ers applied the tag to safety Dashon Goldson last year. They have the option of retaining him on another one-year contract at $7.45 million. Players do not want to be tagged; they want long-term contracts, and that's Goldson's stance.
But here's the money quote from 49ers general manager Trent Baalke from the NFL scouting combine:
"It's all about value and making sure you get the right value on players. You can't pay everybody, and you certainly can't pay everybody if you're overpaying others."
Sources told CSNBayArea.com last week that the 49ers were not inclined to use the franchise tag on Goldson. Since then, multiple other media outlets have reported the same thing. The 49ers have yet to officially inform Goldson of their intention. If he's not tagged on Monday, it seems unlikely Goldson will be back with the 49ers next season.
Let's go to the 49ers Mailbag to address some other issues that were sent our way on Facebook:
Who is the bigger FA priority to re-sign Delanie Walker or Dashon Goldson? (Reggie Stephens)
The 49ers would spend more for Goldson, who made $6.2 million last season, but Walker will be easier to sign to a contract extension.
That's why I think there's still a good chance Walker remains with the 49ers. A lot of the 49ers' multiplicity on offense is a direct result of Walker's versatility. He has turned into an outstanding blocker, and somebody who really thrives in the 49ers' run scheme. Although he was not a huge factor in the passing game last season, he still has the speed and route-running ability to cause some matchup problems for defenses.
Is there any safety on this year's draft that is worth let Goldson go to another team? (Edgar Sanchez)
With the 49ers selecting No. 31 overall (with another selection at No. 34), there better be more than one safety that the 49ers like. And that appears to be the case. This is a very strong year for draft-eligible safeties.
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Here is a list of NFL analyst Mike Mayock's top five safeties:
1. Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
2. Matt Elam, Florida
3. Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
4. Eric Reid, LSU
5. Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse
But this isn't a one-and-done run that the 49ers are eyeing for the 2013 season. They expect to be a Super Bowl contender every season. And to acquire Revis for beyond one season, he might want a long-term extension to match or top the $16-million-a-year deal that the Buffalo Bills awarded defensive end Mario Williams last year.
At that price, no, I don't think the 49ers should acquire Revis. Organizations that sustain success do not throw huge money to acquire players. They lock up some of their own players to sizable contracts, such as inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.
After next season, quarterback Colin Kaepernick's representatives will be seeking a lucrative contract extension. Kaepernick will eventually get that long-term, big-money contract.
But, as Baalke said, the 49ers will not be able to pay everyone. Look at the New England Patriots as a template for sustained success. The Patriots invested their money in quarterback Tom Brady. Other than Brady, the Patriots have not extended a lot of huge contracts to others on their roster.
How good are the chances of the Niners moving up in the draft? (Samuel Ryan Anderson)
The 49ers are in line to have 15 picks for the upcoming draft.
The 49ers will not use all of those 15 picks. They will package some picks to move up. I also expect them to trade a pick or two to move back to next year's draft, too.
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They could move up from No. 31 overall. That's an option. But because of the depth of this draft, there might be a lot more value in moving up in the mid-rounds to select a player they've targeted.