The big fish may be on Chip Kelly’s dinner menu, San Francisco style.

The NFL opened preliminary negotiations at midnight on Friday. Teams are allowed a three-day window in which they can talk to free agents. According to reporter Jordan Raanan, the Eagles have Safety Dashon Goldson on their FA radar. Goldson earned Pro Bowl honors with San Francisco last season. He was part of a dominating defense that led the Niners to the Super Bowl.

Goldson spent six years in San Francisco after they picked him in the 2007 draft. In 2012, he picked off three passes for the Niners. The fourth-round pick claimed 69 tackles last season, including 55 solo. Similar to Brian Dawkins, Goldson would add a flaring presence to the Eagles defense.

Raanan writes, “Goldson, 28, is expected to have plenty of suitors. His services won’t come cheap. He reportedly turned down a five-year, $25 million deal from the 49ers in 2011.” Raanan goes on to claim that Goldson will be looking for “around $8 million annually,” in Free Agency.

The Eagles may well need to freshen up the defensive backfield. Possessing the second-most salary cap space in the league, the Eagles can afford Goldson come 4:00 PM Tuesday. He would go a long way to solving the safety puzzle of 2011-2012. This high-end acquisition will help return this Eagles defense to the way it was under Jim Johnson.

Rest in peace, J.J. Your services are greatly missed.

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