Deadline nears for Goldson, 49ers to reach new deal

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Deadline nears for Goldson, 49ers to reach new deal

If the 49ers and Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson do not arrive at an agreement on a multi-year contract by 1 p.m. today, he must play for the 49ers this season on a one-year deal.Then, it would become a matter of when he signs his one-year, 6.212 million franchise tender. One would think he would not miss much -- if any -- training camp.REWIND: Will Goldson, 49ers come to terms?
After all, the 49ers open the regular season at the Green Bay Packers, and Goldson better be ready to face Aaron Rodgers or his drive for a long-term contract next year will get off to a bad start.If no deal is struck by today's deadline, Goldson will still make more in salary this season than he made during his first five NFL seasons combined. But he would not be eligible to sign a long-term deal with the 49ers until after the final regular-season game.Goldson would be scheduled for free agency for the third consecutive year. But the 49ers could also slap the franchise tag on him next year at a one-year price of 120 percent of his 2012 salary -- or 7.45 million. (The team's other most-likely franchise candidate is nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga.)
There are plenty of templates in place for the 49ers and Goldson to strike a multi-year agreement. Recently, two franchise players signed new multi-year deals. Michael Griffin signed a five-year, 35 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, while the Raiders and Tyvon Branch reportedly agreed to a four year, 26.6 million deal.

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.