In the last offseason, the 49ers chose to franchise tag Dashon Goldson. This year, he hopes to secure a true contract for the long-term.
"I felt that they wanted me to prove myself, and I think I did just that," Goldson said at his locker. "So if I was in the position again with the franchise tag, I'd be very surprised."
If the 49ers chose to franchise tag Goldson for the second year in a row, it would be an estimated $6.798 million cap hit.
This past year, Goldson made the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year and was named to the All-Pro team for 2012. He is the most notable 49er from the starting lineup to be unsigned for 2013. The six-year veteran wants to stay and hopes negotiations are easier this time around.
Goldson said the 49ers told him about his fellow teammates on defense being locked up for the future. However, he mentioned that he should have the same type of long-term deal and security with the team like his teammates. Recently, NaVorro Bowman signed an extension until the 2018 season.
"I think that guys that got deals done were deserving," said Goldson. "It was a little, like, 'Wow. Ok.' But I had to stay focused on what was more important, and that was the team and getting to the Super Bowl."
Head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Tuesday that Goldson is worth keeping and deserves a raise with the type of play he had this past year.
"He's somebody I think that you reward," said Harbaugh. "He does everything you want a safety to do."
Goldson led the team with three interceptions and was the consistent ball hawk this past year. During the Super Bowl, he had six solo tackles and didn't let anything come in front of him.
Here is the full list of unsigned free agents for 2013:
49ers unsigned free agents
Ricky Jean Francois