SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers have placed the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson, who had been set to become an unrestricted free agent March 13.
The move by the NFC West champions Friday keeps Goldson off the free agency market. General manager Trent Baalke says the team will attempt to sign Goldson to a long-term deal but at least knows he will be with the Niners again in 2012.
A first-time Pro Bowler last season, Goldson and cornerback Carlos Rogers shared the team lead with six interceptions -- a career-best for Goldson, San Francisco's fourth-round draft pick in 2007 out of Washington.
The franchise tag number for safeties is expected to be about $6.2 million next season.