This is a good article that came out today on Profootballfocus. It puts an expected salary for the players based on their 2012 performance and shows the relative value based on their production:
They estimate Sopoaga's production as deserving $825k salary, Goldson @ $5m, and Whitner @ $1.3M. I don't see any way we'll be able to retain Goldson, and I'd rather try our chances with McBath/Robinson or the draft anyway. Some team is gonna pay him $7 or $8mil. a year, and I think that would really hurt us in the future for a player who really doesn't deserve it imo. Goldson is a top 10 FS, but he'll probably get top 3 money by some desperate team, and we have too many big contracts coming up in the next 2 years to lock in a non-elite player for a lot of money.
While Goldson is solid for the intimidation factor and as a run defender, I just don't think he's an integral part of the defense, and his value to the team just isn't worth close to the type of contract he's looking for.
[ Edited by Disp on Mar 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM ]