28-year old veteran safety Dashon Goldson has been tagged the past two seasons by the San Francisco 49ers, but it seems that rather than come to an agreement with a contract for him, they have decided to allow him to play the free agency field. Now that the free agency is open, one of the names that is being linked with him, among several others, is the Cincinnati Bengals.
Last season, Chris Crocker was the starting safety for the majority of the season, but he is heading into his 11th season and is currently a free agent, so they will probably be looking to move on from him.
Taylor Mays, who the 49ers traded to the Bengals for a seventh-round pick, is the current safety; but with 22 tackles, one forced fumble and zero passes defended in 16 games last season, it seems like it’s time for the Bengals to look elsewhere.
Although it is very possible that the Bengals will look to the draft to fill this hole in the off-season, Goldson on the market — and with several teams vying for him, it’s likely that the Bengals will throw their name into the ring too.
Goldson has certainly emerged in the last few seasons as one of the NFL’s best safeties, being named to the Pro Bowl in 2010 and in 2011. 2012 saw a productive regular season for him too, with a total of 69 tackles, three interceptions and 11 passes defended.
There are some concerns, however, regarding Godson’s performance over the course of last season. Missing 15 tackles in open space and giving up six rather large defensive interference penalties means that he is barely in the top 10 of safeties last season.
It may be worth the Bengals’ while to look into picking up Goldson over the next few days, but his high price may not be what the Bengals are looking to spend. Instead, they could look to take a safety with their late second round pick instead.
Look for the Bengals to use their fifth pick of the second round to take a safety like Florida International‘s Jonathan Cyprian (if he lasts that long), or LSU‘s Eric Reid with their 23rd pick of the second round.