NFL teams can begin using the franchise tag today if they desire. Last season, Dashon Goldson was one of 21 players to receive the franchise tag. He is one of nine remaining players who didn't get a long term deal.
According to Yahoo Sports' Brian McIntyre, the price for a safety to be franchise tagged is $6.8 million. However, because Goldson was franchise tagged the previous year, his salary would be 120 percent higher than the 2012 price at $7.45 million.
Goldson admitted he wanted a long-term deal instead of being franchise tagged for the second consecutive year. Head coach Jim Harbaugh openly said he would want him back, saying that he does everything that a team wants in a safety.
"He’s somebody that I think that you reward," said Harbaugh. "[He] plays every game, can find the ball [and] you know that he’s out there. Opposing offenses know that he’s out there."
Both sides have been trying to negotiate a long-term deal in the last two years, but have been unable to do so. Last year, Goldson did not participate throughout the OTAs and minicamp but signed the franchise tag to make it in time for training camp.
Jean Francois tweeted last night that he hopes to return.
"Man.. Just looking back over the 4 years here in The #BayArea it has been fun. Hope it can be for my career. Hint Hint Hint... Lol ✈"