Goldson's signing was only viable option

The issue was when, not if, free safety Dashon Goldson would sign his one-year franchise offer from the San Francisco 49ers.

It happened Thursday, in time for training camp, the team announced.

Goldson will earn $6.2 million this season, more than he earned in five previous NFL seasons combined. Rules for franchise players prevented him from signing anything other than the one-year franchise offer until after the season. He had one realistic option, and took it.

Players sometimes try to make a point by staying away until the last minute, signing only in time for the season. Goldson wasn't in a strong position to take that stance, in my view. He could use another Pro Bowl-caliber season to more firmly establish his worth. He could use a full training camp in the 49ers' defense, and now he'll get that.