Free agent safety Dashon Goldson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL draft. He turned himself into a starter and built up a quality reputation as the 2011 NFL free agency period loomed. With his experience, I figured there would be some action on him in the open market.
Then something strange happened. Nearly two weeks of free agency went by and....Goldson didn't sign anywhere. The market, apparently, dropped out on him.
So he's decided to head back to San Francisco on a one-year contract, according to Pro Football Talk. This gives him an opportunity to return to a team where he's been successful and re-enter free agency in just one year.
We've seen a similar situation happen with a number of players like WR Braylon Edwards and FB Le'Ron McClain -- the market isn't as big as we or they thought so signing a one-year deal gets you in a uniform this year and another crack at free agency next year.
Goldson re-joins the 49ers, the team for whom he's started every game the last two seasons. He'll be a welcome re-addition to the 49ers after flirting with teams like the New England Patriots.
Check out Niners Nation to see what 49ers fans think about Goldson coming back.