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.

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

Report: 49ers increase offer to Bradley to become D-coordinator

The 49ers reportedly continue to pursue Gus Bradley to serve as defensive coordinator on presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

The 49ers have increased their offer to Bradley, Mike Siliver of the NFL Network reported on Friday. Bradley wanted to work with Tom Cable, according to the report.

Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday but removed his name from consideration on Tuesday after he and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner sensed their 49ers’ interest in them intended to receive a commitment from Shanahan, sources told CSNBayArea.com.

Bradley served as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to ’12. In Bradley’s final season on Pete Carroll’s staff, Seattle ranked first in the NFL in points allowed and fourth in total yards.

Bradley became head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. His teams went 14-48 before he was fired with two games remaining in the season.

The 49ers this week inquired with the Chicago Bears about the possibility of bringing back Vic Fangio to the organization to serve as defensive coordinator. The 49es were informed, according to a source, that the Bears would not let Fangio out of his contract. Fangio was the defensive coordinator for all four seasons with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh.

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Report: Jim Tomsula interviews for Saints DL job

Former 49ers coach Jim Tomsula reportedly interviewed this week for the New Orleans Saints’ defensive line job.

Tomsula, 48, who was fired as head coach of the 49ers after a 5-11 record in 2015, spent last season out of the football. He interviewed with Saints coach Sean Payton to replace fired line coach Bill Johnson, the Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reported, citing two sources.

Tomsula was hired as head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers announced a “mutual parting” with Harbaugh following the team’s 8-8 season of 2014.

Tomsula was well-regarded as the organization’s defensive line coach from 2007 to ’14.