The 49ers are leaning toward not placing the franchise tag on two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson, multiple league sources told

Each NFL team has until March 4 to tag a prospective free agent as a "franchise player." Goldson was restricted under that tag last season. This season, it would cost the 49ers $7.45 million to retain Goldson's rights for one more season.

The 49ers have spoken with agents for each of their free agents at the NFL scouting combine, according to sources. Goldson and the 49ers are not believed to be close on a long-term contract agreement. The free-agent signing period begins March 12.

When asked if the 49ers plan to use the franchise tag this offseason, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said, "(I) don't have an answer for that. Whether we use the tag or not, I really don't know at this point. I think I do know, but I'm not willing to share it at this time."