Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson (38) tackles Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings (85) during the third quarter of the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions May Be Favorites to Sign Free Agent Safety Dashon Goldson

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The Detroit Lions appear in on an big name on the offensive side of the ball and now they have been linked to a big name on the defensive side of the ball.

In staying rather non-committal on Louis Delmas, the Lions signal that they may be willing to move on without him. If you’re wondering who might replace him, Adam Schefter drops a name of the guy that is considered the top safety on the market.

Dashon Goldson received the franchise tag from the San Francisco 49ers a year ago but was not tagged again this year. That will allows him to hit the open market when it officially opens tomorrow.

Goldson is one of the league’s best safeties in coverage, rating out at a +7.1 by Pro Football Focus. That was good enough for 10th best among all NFL safeties last season. He was less highly rated against the run but still landed in solidly positive territory.

That being the case, it is possible the Lions would look to still retain Delmas to pair with Goldson, should they be able to get a deal done with both players. The Lions say they like to play more of a left-right scheme with their safeties than a strong-free, but a Delmas-Goldson tandem would be a very strong pair with each able to play in the area of the field in which they excel.

Signings can become official tomorrow after 4 p.m. ET so this is another name to keep an eye on as more rumors surface throughout the day and into Tuesday night.

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