After Dashon Goldson said Tuesday he is determined to avoid another franchise tag, his case for a multiyear contract got a boost from coach Jim Harbaugh, who called the 49ers free safety "somebody that I think you reward."
Harbaugh was less definitive about the status of backup quarterback Alex Smith, who remains under contract for 2013 but might be nearing the end of tumultuous stay in San Francisco.
Goldson and Smith represent two of the 49ers' biggest roster decisions as the team shakes off its Super Bowl hangover and heads into the offseason. Players cleaned out their lockers at team headquarters Tuesday, two days after a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.
Goldson recognized that he might be packing up his belongings for the last time in Santa Clara.
"Hopefully, I will be with this team," he said, "but I'm open to all 32 teams."
The All-Pro free safety tried to nail down a multiyear agreement a year ago, but the sides were still far apart when the 49ers used the franchise tag, locking Goldson up on a one-year tender worth $6.2 million.
The 49ers could tag him again in 2013, this time for $7.45 million, but Goldson wants no part of another season in limbo.