SANTA CLARA – Dashon Goldson, who signed his one-year franchise tender this morning, explained to reporters this afternoon why he chose to sign it today. Here’s what he said.
Q: How does it feel to be back?
GOLDSON: It feels great. The offseason was real good. I’m very confident in everything that went on. I’m glad to be back here to get this show on the road.
Q: What are feelings on playing on a one-year deal?
GOLDSON: It’s just one of these things, man. It comes with the territory. Of course, I wanted something long-term, but it ain’t all bad. I think I can go out here, and play on this and come back to the table again next year.
Q: You could have reported at any time. Why the first day?
GOLDSON: It was a no-brainer, man. I owed it to my teammates. Those guys have been working extremely hard. I missed a little part of the offseason earlier and I didn’t want to miss another part of this training camp. I wanted to come back out here and sharpen up, pick up from where we started off last year. I didn’t want to get off to a slow start during the season.
Q:Was there also a sense that this could be a pretty special season and you wanted to make sure you were here to get it off on the right foot?
GOLDSON: Definitely. We did some good things last year. It was very important for us to start fast and finish faster. We’ve got a lot of new addition and just to get acquainted with those guys. There’s a lot of stuff that needs to be sharpened up on the defensive side of the ball.
Q: How close were you to getting a long-term deal worked out? Were you surprised you couldn’t?
GOLDSON: I was a little surprised. It panned out that way. I saw it leaning toward that way and I just accepted it for what it was. There’s no hard feelings. Like I said, it’s just one of those things. It ain’t bad money. The most important thing is just being out here and getting the season started.
Q:Was a formal contract offer ever made to you?
GOLDSON:Um … not really.
Q: Did you have any health issues in the offseason?
GOLDSON: None whatsoever. I approached my offseason the same way I do every year. Just work hard. I’ve been able to train with a couple trainers this year, I was in Miami with (trainer) Pete (Bommarito). I was with Travelle Gaines with Performance Gaines and Ryan Carpretta out at Proactive. Those guys did a good job. Thanks to those guys I came to camp in shape, passed the (conditioning) test with flying colors. I’m excited to get practice going.
Q: Why go to so many different trainers instead of sticking with just one?
GOLDSON: This is my sixth year and I always want to add to my game and just try new things. I never just stick with one. A lot of guys out there have things to offer. I like the challenge in the offseason to make my training camps and my season that much easier.
Q: Did you watch film of yourself in the offseason?
GOLDSON: I did a little bit. I left a little bit out there. That’s another thing, just coming back here into camp and picking up where I left off as an individual. But at the same time, as a team.
Q: How do you keep the frustration from the business-side of this from carrying over on the field?
GOLDSON: I wouldn’t say frustrated. You really can’t say that. I was a little disappointed. It’s just one of those things. I was in a situation last year and I just had to take it upon myself and realize what’s the task at hand. We’ve got a good football team here, we’ve got a chance to do something special and that’s my main focus. What didn’t get done didn’t get done. I’m sure it will get done sometime next year.
Q: Was it disappointing when you saw other (franchise-tagged) safeties like (Tyvon) Branch and (Michael) Griffin get deals done?
GOLDSON: It’s just what I’ve done here. I wasn’t looking at those guys … What I did here is what I did here.