SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals misses a pass as it is broken up by Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first half at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The pass was ruled incomplete after a Cardinals challenge. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
According to Matt Maiocca of csnbayarea.com, the San Francisco 49ers don't know if they are going to franchise safety Dashon Goldson for a second straight year.
Goldson, who badly wants to test the free agent market, may get his chance if the 49ers donât dump Alex Smith. The 49ers have to either cut Smith or trade him in order to franchise tag Goldson. Smithâs salary puts the 49ers over the cap, but they canât trade him until March 12th at 4:00pm.
They have until March 4th to tag Goldson; however, they both canât be on the roster on March 12th.Â
Either San Francisco will dump Smith getting no value for him, but the ability to tag Goldson. Vice versa, keep Smith and let Goldson walk.