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Philadelphia's Goldson Standard

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(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Dashon Goldson is the hottest safety on the NFL free agency market. He rejected a new deal with the San Francisco 49ers and escaped the franchise tag, setting him up to be courted like a king this off season.

The Eagles defense needs a player like Goldson. His athleticism and physicality is reminiscent of Brian Dawkins (B-Dawk). B-Dawk roamed the Eagles secondary and haunted unsuspecting wide-outs for years. His departure was bitter-sweet for Eagles fans, but most embraced the fact that it was a business decision.

Goldson would have to earn the love Dawkins got, but he could bring this same intensity back to a defense that’s been downright embarrassing the last two years.

At only 28 years old, Goldson is entering the prime of his career, and he’ll likely command a massive deal—and he just might be worth it. Fourteen picks in four seasons and two straight pro-bowl appearances make Goldson a prime target for several suitors.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, four teams appear to be frontrunners to sign Goldson: the Buccaneers, Lions, Eagles and, his most recent team, the 49ers. With Ed Reed now a free agent, the Niners are apparently exploring other financially responsible options at the safety position.

Although Goldson would presumably only solve one part of the Eagles pass defense, his signing would send a message to the rest of the league that the Eagles are not rebuilding, but revamping a once feared defensive unit.

The signing of Goldson would also allow Kelly to acquire younger cornerbacks that Goldson can mentor. Goldson would be an immediate upgrade not only on the field, but in the locker room.

The Eagles have the cash to sign him. He should not only be a priority, but a necessity in Kelly’s new defensive scheme. Eagles fans remember the excitement that B-Dawk brought each game and Goldson could bring that same passion.