BOCA RATON, Fla.—The Redskins have not “shut the door” on veteran safety Dashon Goldson and there have been some discussions with the player’s agent, Coach Jay Gruden said this week at the NFL owners meetings.
Goldson led Washington with 110 tackles last season but was released on March 7th. The 2015 defensive captain, who turns 32 in September, was due to count $8 million against the cap next season. It would have been the Redskins’ seventh highest cap charge behind Kirk Cousins ($19.9 million), Trent Williams ($10.6), Pierre Garcon ($10.2), DeSean Jackson ($9.25), Chris Culliver ($9.25) and Ryan Kerrigan ($8.45).
“That had a lot to do with it,” Gruden said, referring to Goldson’s contract. “That really did.”
“We haven’t shut the door yet on Dashon," Gruden added. "I know there’s been some talks with him also…we’ll have to wait and see what happens with him.”
The discussions are being handled General Manager Scot McCloughan, who drafted Goldson in San Francisco, and capologist Eric Schaffer, Gruden said.
Earlier this month, multiple reports suggested that the Cowboys also had interest in Goldson.
Meantime, safety remains an area of concern for the Redskins. The depth chart currently includes converted cornerback DeAngelo Hall, newly-acquired special teams ace David Bruton, Duke Ihenacho, who has missed most of the past two seasons due to injury, and Kyshoen Jarrett, whose status remains cloudy to a serious shoulder injury. Gruden also said the cornerbacks Will Blackmon and Deshazor Everett will see some reps at safety this offseason.
Goldson is not a long-term solution, but he could help mitigate the Redskins' concerns at the position in 2016. He was also a valued voice in the locker room last year.
“He played great,” Gruden said. “Not just as a player, but he was a great leader also. It was the one thing that you could never really predict or guess when you sign a player like that. Scot obviously knew him from San Francisco so he had some time with him and he knew him a little bit more than I did. But he came in and was a great leader for the guys and obviously was a very productive player for us.”
But can the Redskins and Goldson agree on his value for next season? That seems to be the question.