Yesterday, I wrote that free agent free safety Dashon Goldson had a strong negotiating position with the Niners because they have no replacement for him. Well, maybe Trent Baalke disagrees.
He gave C.J. Spillman, backup safety and top-special teamer, a three year, $6 million contract (1.8 million guaranteed), according to Matt Maiocco. Spillman is the first 49er Baalke has re-signed this off season.
Considering the Niners will not re-sign last season’s main backup safety, Reggie Smith, I assume Spillman will be the main backup at safety in 2012.
In news which may or may not be related, Dashon Goldson, who wants a multi-year contract, too, parted ways with his agent Drew Rosenhaus, according to Matt Barrows.
Now Goldson doesn’t have so much negotiating leverage with the Niners because they have a free safety alternative. They like Spillman. Just like Carlos Rogers can’t hold the Niners hostage – they like Chris Culliver.
It’s pretty clear that Baalke will never overpay for a player. If Rosenhaus couldn’t get Baalke to offer Goldson what he wanted, no agent can.
Unless Goldson lowers his demands, he’s going to get the one-year contract franchise tag, I’d bet.