The last of the 49ers’ offseason three day practices starts Tuesday. It’s called a minicamp, not an Organized Team Activity, and attendance is mandatory. Failure to show up results in fines totally up to $60,000. This will give us a good idea just how hard headed Dashon Goldson intends to be this offseason. He can check in, sign his Franchise Tender, and we can all stop talking about him. Or he can waste $60,000 and indicate he’s an idiot.
Goldson is the only 49er putting his own agenda above the team’s. Not a good look. He’ll be 28 when the season begins, and 29 next year when he hits the open market. A five year contract would put him at 33 when it ends. For a free safety who’s more hard hitting than ball hawking, 33 is pretty close to the end of the line career wise. So, it’s easy to grasp Goldson’s tactics for what is probably his one shot at a big, long term deal.
But nobody is going to give him $8 mil per year, like he reportedly wants, nor even $7 mil. The Niners have offered $5 mil for five years. The Ftag is $6.2 mil for this year. Somewhere in these obscene dollars lies sanity, but we’re not expecting Goldson to locate it.
Jim Harbaugh used nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga as a short yardage fullback last year, and this two way player trend continues this year. DT Will Tukuafu has been getting fullback time in the camps, and DE Demarcus Dobbs has played a little tight end. This is part of the 1% factor Harbaugh espouses, the little extras that give you a chance to beat an opponent. The enemy in this case is Injuries and the 53 man roster limit. It also provides camp humor, which was a bit lacking in the previous two regimes.
It appears that Alex Boone is being handed the RG position, with Daniel Kilgore prepping to play backup center. If Boone struggles this year, many expect 4th round pick Joe Looney to provide the most serious challenge to replace Boone. That doesn’t seem likely for the season opener in Green Bay, however, so only a disastrous exhibition season can prevent Boone from finally cracking the starting lineup. And with Joe Staley entrenched at left tackle and Anthony Davis getting rave reviews in his third season at right tackle, this is Boone’s one and only shot to be a starter for the soon to become World Champion San Francisco 49ers.