The 49ers just franchise-tagged Dashon Goldson, a move that will cost the team about $6.2 million in 2012.
Will the Niners re-sign any more of their free agents before free agency starts?
It seems pretty clear at this point that Carlos Rogers will “test the waters” and see what other teams can offer him. Same with Ted Ginn Jr., and Adam Snyder, and maybe even Joshua Morgan, too.
If there’s one guy who has the best chance at re-signing in the next two weeks, it’s Alex Smith. There’s no point in him testing any waters because there’s no market for him outside of San Francisco. His value is tied to Jim Harbaugh.
If the Niners do not re-sign Smith before free agency, you’d have to wonder why. You’d think they’d want to reward the guy they call their franchise quarterback, but they haven’t done it yet. If they let Smith test waters, that would be a slap in his face. “Go see what you’re really worth,” would be the message.
That would undercut their whole previous message to Smith, which was: “Don’t worry what other people think of you. We think the world of you. You’re our guy.”
The Niners need to give Smith his contract extension before March 13, or else things could get awkward and the waters could get awfully turbulent.