SANTA CLARA -- Dashon Goldson, one of the few 49ers starters unsigned for next season, wants to remain in San Francisco -- but only on a long-term deal.
The All-Pro free safety made it clear Tuesday he doesn't want to be slapped with the franchise-tag for a second season in a row.
"There's no security in it,'' Goldson said as players cleared out their lockers two days after a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XVLII.
"I've been in this league now for six years, going on seven. I think I've done what I've had to do to deserve a second contract, period."
Because the 49ers were unable to agree to a multi-year contract with the 49ers last summer, the team designated Goldson as its franchise player. If they did so again, it would bump the free safety's salary from $6.2 million to $7.45 million.
"The franchise tag, it's cool. It's not that bad with the money, but everybody wants security,'' Goldson said. "In the job that I do, and the position I play, there's a lot that comes with the territory. Security is something that you want at my position, for sure."
Goldson, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, spoke in even tones about his future. He said he will take a little time off before returning to training and let his agent, Ben Dogra, handle what comes next.
But he also said he was more cautious than optimistic, noting that last year's inability to get a deal done taught him not to get his hopes up.
"Hopefully, it will be this team,'' Goldson said. "But I'm open to all 32 teams."
Coach Jim Harbaugh would like to see the 49ers get a deal done with Goldson.
"He's somebody I think you reward,'' he said. "He plays every game. He can find the ball. You know he's out there. Opposing offenses know that he's out there.
"Who will reward you if you don't reward those people?"