SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Dashon Goldson is back with the San Francisco 49ers after all—despite all his tweets to the contrary.
The free agent safety agreed to terms on a one-year contract Monday to rejoin the Niners. A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press, but spoke on condition of anonymity because it had yet to be formally announced.
Goldson played his first four NFL seasons with the 49ers, finishing with 80 tackles, one sack and an interception in 2010 — but said last week via his Twitter account that he didn’t expect to be back after watching his team sign others who play his same position.
Last week, San Francisco signed safeties Madieu Williams and Donte Whitner—so, bringing back Goldson gives new coach Jim Harbaugh some experienced options in what is shaping up as a deep secondary that also includes safety Reggie Smith. Whitner is expected to be the strong safety.
Goldson has started 32 games over the past two seasons.
He responded to San Francisco signing Williams, who spent the last three seasons with the Vikings after four in Cincinnati.
“To answer sum of the ?’S I’m not sure wht tht move by the 9ers was for, I guess to scare me … well it didn’t work. Try again,” he tweeted. “I’m definitely keepin an open mind. Meanin I won’t mind takin my talents else where to a place where I’m wanted”
San Francisco also added cornerback Carlos Rogers as the likely successor to Nate Clements, who started all 16 games at right cornerback last season but was released at the start of training camp.
The 26-year-old Goldson apparently thought he was parting ways with the Niners.
“Sorry guys thanx for all ur support but not gonna be back. See ya,” he tweeted last Thursday.
Earlier, he said, “I wanna be in San Fran and in camp jus as much as u fans want me to be but as we all experienced the last 4mnths, its a business side to it.”
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