Originally posted by TheGoldStandard:
Originally posted by oldman9er:
Goldson's combination of range and playmaking are a big part of what makes our Defense tick and should not be taken for granted. He covers a lot of ground allowing Whitner to play closer to the LOS and his ability to play the deep third allows are corners to play agressive underneath.
I think nearly 100% of us want Goldson back on the team ASAP.
.. but that doesn't mean we believe he is worth the large contract he seems to be after. With our front 7, it's likely that we can plug someone else in there to be effective and still field a strong D... rather than tying a ton of money into Goldson.
Don't know why others get so upset by this. Got to look at the financial aspect of this decision down the road. Sometimes, you just can't lock up every good player on the team. Especially if everyone is battling for more money than they are really worth. If anything, fans should be disgruntled that Goldson is trying so hard to strong-arm the team. Every day he holds out from practices (if he does in TC and preseason), he hurts the team. This further screams that he may just be that ME player first. The offer from SF was very generous. He's just putting his own personal greed ahead of the team... and yet some of you prefer to defend him.
Remember the Dallas game? The terrible angles and blown assignments were prevalent in our backfield in Goldson's absense, Michael Vick setting a career-best in yardage and the aforementioned Cowboys game immediately springing to mind.
< sigh >
Again, we are not debating whether Goldson is a good safety. The contention comes in when discussing whether Goldson is worth the 8 mil per yr deal he wants.
There were a total of like 5 pass plays from Dallas that were 20 yds or more. We can't justifiably sit here and speculate with any assurances that Goldson would have prevented all or any of those plays from happening. Goldson IS a good safety... and I want him back!!!!
However, I don't like him strong-arming us for money I don't feel he has earned just yet. I don't like the idea of tying up that amount of money in a safety right now.
People were going ape-sh*t when I was saying "NO! Do not give Aubrayo Franklin a huge long-term contract!" That turned out well for us, yes?
Well, I'm saying the same now for Goldson... but all some of you hear are "cut him loose, he is teh suxxorz!" So again and again, I refer you to the underlined... but it has to be at a reasonable price.