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July 26, 2012
Lone 49ers holdout Goldson signs one-year tender

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And then there were none.

The 49ers this morning announced that safety Dashon Goldson, the only player who did not show up for spring practices, signed his one-year franchise tender and has reported for training camp. Every 49er is believed to have reported for training camp this morning.

Goldson has been looking for a multi-year deal for two seasons, but instead will play this year under a one-year deal worth $6.2 million. Goldson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, at which time the back and forth over a new deal promises to begin again.

Though Goldson has not been at 49ers headquarters this spring, he has been keeping in shape. He's worked out both in his native Los Angeles area and tried out Pete Bommarito's gym in Miami, a regular spot for South Florida 49ers like Frank Gore and Ricky Jean Francois.

He also has moved his family to the Bay Area, an indication that he wants to remain with the 49ers.

Goldson's on-time arrival makes sense for him. He'll be looking to shop himself on the open market next year and needs to have another strong year to do so effectively. He set a career high with six interceptions last year and went to his first Pro Bowl.

It also helps the 49ers, who face the five most prolific quarterbacks from 2011 this season, beginning with Week 1 opponent, Green Bay's Aaron Rogers. While the 49ers' rushing defense dominated opponents last year and finished first in the league, the passing defense finished 16th overall.

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Off to a good start: Every 49er is believed to have reported for training camp this morning. Some of the players who won't take part in Friday's first practice are guard Joe Looney (foot), outside linebacker Darius Fleming (knee) and running back Jewel Hampton (unknown).

The team's veterans are taking their physicals today. Thus, it's possible that some could be held out of practice. The players injured in the spring -- Ted Ginn, Delanie Walker and Cam Johnson -- already have been practicing this week.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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