Tuesday, February 19, 2013
San Francisco's tag options
By Tim Kavanagh
The San Francisco 49ers are looking to make a final push for 2013, so that they can go from NFC championship game losers in 2011, to Super Bowl losers in 2012, to Super Bowl winners in 2013. One way to accomplish that feat is to retain the talent from the rosters that competed throughout those tough postseason runs. Of that group, two in particular are considered candidates for the team's franchise tag this offseason.
As Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee explains, it could very well come down to a decision between S Dashon Goldson -- the franchise taggee from 2012 -- and TE Delanie Walker. The tag figure for TEs is the second-lowest, position-wise, at around $5.97 million, whereas the tag figure for safeties is set at $6.8 million. However, because it'd be a second-straight tag for Goldson, the Niners would be on the hook for 120 percent of his 2012 salary, or around $7.45 million.
Ultimately, it could come down to viable replacements available. In this regard, Goldson may have the edge; though Walker is talented and versatile, the Niners already have a No. 1 TE in Vernon Davis, and could likely find a replacement No. 2 TE for much cheaper than $5.97 million. We'll know which way they're leaning by March 4 at the latest.