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Dashon Goldson to Bucs on five-year deal

49ers Goldson celebrates after breaking up a pass against the Jets' during their NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

The Buccaneers got the first crack at safety Dashon Goldson when free agency opened and no one’s going to get a second one.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Goldson and the Bucs have agreed to a five-year deal. That would mean the end of Goldson’s run with the 49ers and would give the league’s worst pass defense in 2012 an important piece to use in an effort to get better.

The Bucs wasted no time making their push for Goldson, sending a plane to bring him to Tampa and wooing him until they got their man. It’s the second straight year that the team’s landed a big fish in free agency with Goldson following guard Carl Nicks and wide receiver Vincent Jackson onto the roster.

With Goldson in the fold, the Bucs will likely be turning their attention toward boosting a pass rush that didn’t do enough to help the secondary last year as well as the cornerback position.

UPDATE 3:14 p.m. ET: Just as we found out the identity of the new Pope, PFT also learned that Goldson’s deal will have a total value of $41.25 million with $22 million guaranteed from the Bucs.

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35 Responses to “Dashon Goldson to Bucs on five-year deal”
  1. jayynation says: Mar 13, 2013 3:10 PM

    Nice pick up for the bucs.. one of the hardest hitting safety tandems in the Nfl now

  2. melikefootball says: Mar 13, 2013 3:10 PM

    Just another good football player that is running towards money and playing in an empty stadium. Wake up fans.

  3. bucrightoff says: Mar 13, 2013 3:13 PM

    I get the feeling him and Mark Barron might actually kill someone back there. Those boys will be bringing the wood.

  4. flash1283 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:13 PM

    Now they just need a QB

  5. smcgaels1997 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:14 PM

    Neither one can cover…wrong priority

  6. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    YES!

  7. ccjcsr says: Mar 13, 2013 3:16 PM

    Big hitter but pass coverage is suspect!

    Signed

    Jim Harbaugh

  8. whysomanylosers says: Mar 13, 2013 3:16 PM

    Bazinga!

  9. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 13, 2013 3:16 PM

    SMCGAELS

    are you saying Goldson can’t cover.. haha that’s a funny statement, he’s had a very good amount of picks over the like 3-4 years, go check his stats stupid.. yes Barron had some troubles in coverage last year, but he was a rookie and is only going to get better.

  10. shogunassasin30 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:17 PM

    Whoa..2 killers back there at the safety position down in Tampa

  11. fivetimechamps49 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:18 PM

    as a die hard Niners fan and season ticket holder I have watched Goldson play a lot. He is a hard hitter but sucks in coverage. I can name many examples but all you have to do is go back to the NFC Championship game when Julio Jones burned him twice and the super bowl as well. Way too much money for him, I’m glad my Niners didn’t break the bank.

  12. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2013 3:18 PM

    The Bucs are on the up and up! Hopefully, Josh Freeman can return to his 2010 season form.

  13. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 13, 2013 3:19 PM

    As MDS pointed out right here on PFT during the playoffs, Goldson is a liability in pass coverage. Fangio knows this hence the decision to let him walk.

    Dashon’s a cool guy. Glad he got paid – but he will not make much of a difference on the Bucs unless their pass rush can cover his definicies

  14. gotampabay52 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:19 PM

    Haters will always bash low attendance(look at where the bay area ranks in enconomy in the US) and we have three major teams anyway Great move Tampa we are on track hate to come across the middle with barron and goldson you all better look both ways

  15. ninerempire7 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:24 PM

    $22 mil in guaranteed money is crazy, but Goldson wanted to be paid like a top five safety, and he finally got his wish. Wish him nothing but the best in Tampa!

  16. fivetimechamps49 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:26 PM

    You do realize the Niners are building a billion dollar stadium in California which is the hardest place in the country to get a new stadium deal right? I live in the heart of the bay area, our economy seems to be just fine to me.

    gotampabay52 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:19 PM

    Haters will always bash low attendance(look at where the bay area ranks in enconomy in the US) and we have three major teams anyway Great move Tampa we are on track hate to come across the middle with barron and goldson you all better look both ways

  17. jayisourquarterback says: Mar 13, 2013 3:27 PM

    Did no one watch the super bowl? This guy got burned over and over. Def not worth that kind of cash.

  18. Stiller43 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:29 PM

    Canadianbucsfan,

    Picks dont mean you can cover, and covering doesnt mean you can pick it off.

    Keenan lewis has the most passes defenses in the league last year (or maybe 2nd most), but be only had 1 or no picks.

    Asante samuel is great at picking the ball off, but he is not good at coverage.

    So maybe goldson is good at picks, not at coverage…nothing to be butt hurt over.

  19. goldrush36 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:30 PM

    Hopefully for the bucs. He has a chip on his shoulder to vindicate himself for the niners balking. He makes big plays every game but he also gets a penalty or blows a play going for the big hit every game. He was mediocre 4 out of 6 years. Not saying he will be bad but they better get some help in there because until proven otherwise he was only a product of Fangio’s system

  20. kylehealy says: Mar 13, 2013 3:32 PM

    canadianbucsfan says:
    Mar 13, 2013 3:16 PM
    SMCGAELS

    are you saying Goldson can’t cover.. haha that’s a funny statement, he’s had a very good amount of picks over the like 3-4 years, go check his stats stupid.. yes Barron had some troubles in coverage last year, but he was a rookie and is only going to get better.

    ————————————————

    It’s not a statement, it’s a fact ha. I don’t need to look at his stats, watch his games. He’s great in run support, but he’s overly aggressive in coverage which can cause him to be a liability at times, ie. the NFC championship game. The guy is great and I love him, but he is no where near worth what the Bucs paid for him. He’s a $5/mil a year guy at most. I personally think he benefitted from all the other All-Pros on the 49ers defense, but we will see. Wish him the best on the Bucs though.

  21. holahey123 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:32 PM

    That’s way too much money for Goldson. I’m glad the Niners didn’t even consider matching or offering him that type of money. Hard-hitting safety but get blown off coverage way to often. Get ready to see the yellow flags getting thrown at, Bucs fans. Good luck to you, Goldson.

  22. italia1970 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:40 PM

    Great in the box addition, but SUCKS in coverage, which is why the Niners let him go.

  23. baymac408 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:40 PM

    as a niner fan I will miss him!! Best of luck to that man wish he wasn’t chasing the dollar and wanted to win!! It’s all good! Good pick up bucs! His coverage really isn’t that bad not great but not bad… He’s getting better! GO NINERS

  24. bobonmycob says: Mar 13, 2013 3:40 PM

    Wonderful, now the bucs can still be a horrible team with an upgrade that wont change that. Congratz

  25. ninersreciognizebch says: Mar 13, 2013 3:40 PM

    Wanna know why the Niners never gave him that long term deal the dude is TOAST HE STAYS GETTING BURNT

  26. socal9er says: Mar 13, 2013 3:42 PM

    I like Goldston, he’s a nice player (The Hawk)! but that is too much money.. and I’m glad the Niners did not pay it. They are better pass defenders out there for 1/3-1/2 that amount.

  27. gobucs5 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:42 PM

    Bucs are the Super Bowl lock now

  28. holahey123 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:47 PM

    To all Bucs fans who think Goldson is worth that kind of money, don’t just look at the stats and fancy hits Goldson put on. Look at the tape, the tape!

    The Niners have a history of developing players and the coaching staff make them look great. Look at all the pro-bowlers and all-pro players they have. Once they leave the Niners, they are never to be heard again. The Niners never overpay for players, and resign their own players with the right value. The fact that the Niners did not even attempted to offer that much tells you something: Goldson is not worth that much.

  29. gmsalpha says: Mar 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    @fivetimechamps49:

    Tampa fan was talking about the Tampa “bay area” when it comes to low attendance and poor economy. Pay attention.

  30. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 13, 2013 3:57 PM

    I don’t get this signing. We drafted Mark Barron to be the heavy hitter/run support guy. Is Barron better at pass coverage than he showed last year? And where does this leave Ronde Barber?

  31. mrlaloosh says: Mar 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    22 million guaranteed? Ouch. Tampa will continue to battle
    Carolina for the basement of the NFC South. Freeman will see to that.

  32. ninersreciognizebch says: Mar 13, 2013 4:21 PM

    Lets be honest this guy will get cut in 2 years he got what he wanted $$$$ he’s good in the box but hilliaous in coverage gets burnt all most as many times as he’ll make a play for you takes wrong angle to the ball lets receivers get past him for big plays makes stupid roughing penalties at the wrong times I for one im glad he is gone better safeties in the draft

  33. steviemo says: Mar 13, 2013 4:59 PM

    Niners fans crack me up, bashing Goldson and acting like his loss is no big deal.

    If his coverage skills suck so much, why did the team franchise him the year before? Are they smart now but stupid a year ago?

    Also Whitner was the safety getting torched time and again in the Super Bowl, not Goldson. I watched the game again last week and every time there was a big play or a TD, ol’ number 31 was out of position or late. Congratulations, you now have zero safeties.

  34. jibberator says: Mar 13, 2013 6:26 PM

    Well at least any receivers will be too scared to run after a catch…

  35. schaeff08 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:12 PM

    Wow I love all the hate on the Bucs and Goldson. You’d think all these people wanted him on their team and are just mad because he signed with a team who isn’t that far off from contending and just happened to put their money where there mouth is. It’s a business fellas and a good player deserves to be paid like it.

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