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 donâ€™t dump Alex Smith. The 49ers have to either cut Smith or trade him in order to franchise tag Goldson. Smithâ€™s salary puts the 49ers over the cap, but they canâ€™t trade him until March 12th at 4:00pm.
They have until March 4th to tag Goldson; however, they both canâ€™t 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.