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NFL free agency 2013: Dashon Goldson wants $8 million per year

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San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson is entering the prime of his career as an anchor to one of the NFL’s best defenses, and according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, he expects to be compensated as such to the tune of $8 million per season. 

The 49ers will likely let Goldson hit the free agent market this offseason as they are not likely to tag him for the second straight year as their franchise player. Goldson has gone on record numerous times saying he does not want to be designated once again. The Niners consider Goldson a priority to re-sign, though it’s unclear at this point how much they’re willing to pay him and for how many years. 

Goldson is seen as a player who could help a team that’s close to postseason glory get over the final hurdle to a Super Bowl win. The Niners will need him equally as badly as they try to defend their NFC Championship title and take the next step in winning the Super Bowl next season. The 28-year-old Southern California native is a primary reason the Niners have been successful at defending the pass in recent years, though their run defense has been their biggest calling card of late. 

San Francisco has a number of notable free agents this offseason in addition to Goldson that include wide receivers Randy Moss and Ted Ginn Jr. and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga

Eric Berry and Troy Polamalu are the NFL’s two highest paid safeties at $12 million and $9.25 million. Eric Weddle and Michael Huff are next in line, each making $8 million per season.  

 In 2012, his first All-Pro season, Goldson totaled three interceptions and two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.