Philadelphia Eagles fans know there hasn’t been a good intimidating presence in their defensive backfield since future hall of fame safety Brian Dawkins. Teams in this age of pass, pass, pass have gone down the middle at will against Eagle safeties the day Dawkins left to spend his last three NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos.
In a blue collar town that’s known for it’s toughness, Philadelphia is used to having a player on the field where the opposing offense loses sleep in preparing for someone that requires attention on every play a la Dawkins, an Andre Waters, or even a Wes Hopkins.
Granted, it will most likely be a while before the Eagles have a player the caliber of those safeties, but there’s one player available who could pay immediate dividends to a secondary in desperate need of respectability. That guy is unrestricted free agent Dashon Goldson.
Goldson played on a tough San Francisco 49ers defense that reached the Super Bowl this past season. San Francisco chose not to give the fifth-year safety the franchise tag, which makes him available for any NFL team to lure away.
Although his stats are don’t stand out on a sheet (69 tackles, three interceptions in 2012), the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Goldson has made the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons. Goldson would also bring the type of toughness that has been missing in Philly for far too long, and someone who can stabilize the back end of a defense.
The 49ers, among other teams, will also attempt to sign the 2012 NFL All-Pro, but the Eagles have a ton of salary cap space, and Goldson should be a no-brainer to be their new starting free safety when the free agency period starts next week.