I don't know if Goldson will get what he wants. There are a couple of good safeties in the draft (one with a familiar player genetics, McDonnald). There are also two FS that I believe are fairly good: Woodson and the guy from the Texans, who are also free agents.
To be honest, with the way the league is going, a Free Safety is a guy too slow to play corner but good enough to stay in coverage. In 3 and 4 receiver sets, which is what everyone is seeing due to the evolution of the TE, the safety is becoming less and less important to defensive success.
Just look at what happened to the Cover Two; it got destroyed last year in the Pac-12 and got Kiffen's dad run out of Los Angeles. Same thing is starting to happen in the NFL.
If Goldson gets $8M, he should take it and run because I don't think he will ever get a second chance at that kind of cash. At this stage of his career, this also could be his last real contract as his position is evolving yet again.
[ Edited by Geeked on Mar 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM ]