IMO Ray McDonald, Takeo Spikes, David Baas and Alex Smith will all be 49ers this year so I am leaving them off the list. But the other 3 guys are going to have options and will explore them. Aubrayo Franklin is most likely gone, unless we shell out the big money. Goldson and Lawson are both going to be offered money from other clubs but I don't think they will be as in demand as Franklin, leaving them both with more of a chance to sign back with the 49ers.
If you had to pick one of the three, who and why?
I pick Manny Lawson. My reasons are the fact that we don't have a lot of talent at OLB after him. Aldon Smith needs time to learn and our other guys are situational players at best. Manny plays the run well, drops into coverage well, pressures the QB and in my opinion can get the sacks with the right defense.
Goldson has a ton of potential and even though he dropped off last year, he did call all the defensive signals and I am sure that had a lot to do with his drop off. I see him getting better, not worse. He could be a top 15 safety in the league if he improves on just a couple points of his game. I would love to see us resign him if the price is right.
Franklin would be nice but honestly, the Redskins or someone will pay him some absurd contract and I don't see us even giving him a second look and our defensive line does have a lot of depth.