Why Goldson is the 49ers' only franchise option

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Why Goldson is the 49ers' only franchise option

UPDATE at 10:35 a.m.: The 49ers announced on their Twitter page that they have placed the non-exlusive franchise tag on Dashon Goldson.

GM Trent Baalke: "By using the franchise tag on Dashon, it affords us the opportunity to continue to work on a long-term contract with him, while also ensuring he will be a 49er for a sixth season, in 2012.
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With the value of the franchise tag down across the board, it makes more sense than ever for the 49ers to use the designation to virtually assure the return of a player scheduled for unrestricted free agency.The 49ers will use the tag this year on Dashon Goldson, who has expected to be franchised for a while, a source close to the Pro Bowl safety told CSNBayArea.com this week. ESPN reports the 49ers could make the move official on Friday.The deadline for teams to use the tag is Monday.REWIND: Maiocco -- Goldson in 49ers' top franchise target
Goldson will count 6.2 million against the 2012 salary cap on the one-year deal. The 49ers have opted to use the tag on Goldson, rather than cornerback Carlos Rogers. The one-year franchise price for a cornerback is approximately 10.6 million.

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The 49ers hope to work out a long-term contract with Goldson, who recently fired agent Drew Rosenhaus and hired CAA Football.
It was never an option to tag quarterback Alex Smith. The price for a quarterback is expected to be 14.4 million. The price for a quarterback is much higher than the annual salary the 49ers plan for Smith. The 49ers and Smith's agent, Tom Condon of CAA Football, continue negotiations on a deal.RELATED: Goldson hires agency with history of 49ers deals
If the sides fail to work out the numbers by March 13, Smith would be free to speak with other teams when the free-agent signing period begins. Both sides expect the deal to get done, and for Smith to return to the 49ers.At the NFL scouting combine, the word circulating was that teams in need of a quarterback weren't even seriously considering Smith as an option because of the assumption he'll be back with coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers.Rogers, as of now, appears ticketed to free agency. Nothing is imminent on a new contract. But even if Rogers hits the open market, there remains a chance the 49ers will be able to retain him.Rogers, who turns 31 in July, earned 4.25 million last season on a one-year contract. If the 49ers are unable to re-sign Rogers before March 13, he would become a free agent. If he's does not find the kind of contract he desires, the 49ers would have a strong chance to retain him.The 49ers signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks this week to a six-year, 37 million extension with a 7.5 million signing bonus.

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

49ers expect Aaron Lynch to return to action vs Jets

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch has missed give games with a high-ankle sprain and still appears to be restricted while moving in pre-practice drills.

But 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Friday morning on his radio show on KNBR that he anticipates Lynch will be able to get back on the field Sunday against the New York Jets for just his fourth game of the season.

Kelly was asked about why the 49ers have not promoted outside linebacker Marcus Rush from the practice squad. Rush led the 49ers with six sacks in the exhibition season. His best game came against the Denver Broncos, beating former Nevada tackle Kyle Roberts for three sacks. Roberts is not on an NFL roster or practice squad.

“We haven’t had an opportunity at outside linebacker,” Kelly said. “We didn’t put Aaron on IR, and we anticipate getting Aaron back this week. So we really don’t have a spot at that position he plays.

“If we were to lose a player at outside linebacker, then we’d certainly think about activating him. But we ahven’t lost an outside linebacker, so we still have Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Tank Carradine and Aaron. We carry four outside linebackers on our team. Aaron’s been out for a little bit here with his ankle, but it wasn’t a season-ending injury, so we just really don’t have a spot for him.”

Lynch has one sack in three games this season. He was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. He has not returned to action since sustaining an ankle sprain in the Oct. 23 game against Tampa Bay.
 

Torrey Smith confident 49ers will turn it around -- with or without him

Torrey Smith confident 49ers will turn it around -- with or without him

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers have made one big-money, first-day splash in free agency under embattled general manager Trent Baalke.

That came in March of 2015, when the team signed wide receiver Torrey Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract.

The 49ers brought Smith to the organization because of his character and production as a much-needed deep threat in the passing game. Smith has lived up to his promise off the field. This week he was named the 49ers’ nominee for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

But the 49ers have gone 6-22 during that time. In the 27 games in which he has appeared, Smith has 53 receptions for 930 and seven touchdowns. He spoke on the 49ers Insider Podcast about the frustration and disappointment he has experienced since coming to the organization.

“There are times when I’ve handled it well and there are times I’ve been horrible,” Smith said. “As bad as things may have been, I just got to look at the light on the other side of the tunnel. I’m trying to be more positive. I was just talking to my wife about it. I feel like it’s a professional test for me.

“That’s why they signed me to come here. And I haven’t been doing that, for a lot of reasons. Sometimes it’s myself. Sometimes it’s opportunity. And sometimes we flat-out miss. The combination of those drives you crazy, but there’s only one thing I can control, and I haven’t been doing a good job of controlling that.”

Smith and safety Antoine Bethea are the only players on the 49ers who have won championships. Smith, whose Super Bowl win came as a member of the Baltimore Ravens against the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, said he trusts that coach Chip Kelly has the team heading in the right direction – despite the 1-11 record and the franchise-worst 11-game losing streak entering Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

“We played at a very high level for three of my four years there (with the Ravens), and you know what it looks like when it’s right,” Smith said. “It’s a feel you get. It’s the way things are operating. It’s the way leadership is. I can’t really describe it, but you know what it looks like. It’s like a well-oiled machine.

“I feel like we have that, but we’re just not performing. There are mistakes involved in that. There’s a youth issue, as well. We’re not getting it done. But I think in terms of the way you’re taught, the way you prepare – which is how you can judge a coach – I don’t feel like we ever go into anything where we weren’t prepared.”

With Baalke’s future with the organization in a tenuous position, the 49ers will have a lot of offseason decisions. One is whether to bring back Smith at his $8 million annual price tag. Smith said he realizes his future is uncertain, but he said he believes the 49ers will eventually turn things around.

“People think Jed (York) and these guys just don’t care or whatever, like they’re trying to tank or blow this thing up,” Smith said. “That’s not the case. Guys are trying to prepare from the top to the bottom to win. Everyone here is working their tails off. We’re just aren’t performing well. When that happens, there’s a lot of criticism that comes from a lot of different directions – as it should. Everyone gets paid to do a job.

“But I feel like when we get it right -- and I can say we, and I’m not even guaranteed to be here next year. You know how the business works. Anything can happen. But I feel like it’s going to be right. I don’t know how long that’s going to take. But it’s not that far away. I’m just going keep saying that. It’s just a few pieces there that we got to get together and be more consistent.”