Well, this is interesting.
GoldsonThe 49ers want the talented Goldson back, but he will not be cheap. The Raiders’ pursuit of him means a few things.
First, it means the Raiders are not afraid of becoming a player in free agency despite a pre-lockout signing flurry of their own players, a tight salary-cap situation and several in-house priorities.
It also likely means they don’t want to pursue free-agent safety Michael Huff. Or, at least, they are looking at adding Goldson first. It could also be another indication that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will be going elsewhere.
Goldson would likely team with Tyvon Branch if he signs with Oakland. Goldson is a good athletic player. He had a solid, though not great season in 2010.
The Raiders’ salary-cap situation is not debilitating, but I’d be surprised if the Raiders have room to do a ton of work. I have no idea how Goldson’s pursuit affects the Raiders’ ability to keep tight end Zach Miller.
But whether or not the Raiders land Goldson, the pursuit means the Raiders are playing the free-agent game.
Meanwhile, the Bengals and Seahawks are bidding for Oakland guard Robert Gallery. He has already said he won’t come back to Oakland. Former Oakland head coach Tom Cable is Seattle’s offensive line coach. Also, Oakland quarterback Bruce Gradkowski is talking to Cincinnati. He is not expected back in Oakland.