Last year, Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson was available via trade. And the Buccaneers instead traded safety Mark Barron, to the Rams.
This year, the Bucs have finally shipped Goldson elsewhere, to Washington. PFT has confirmed that the Buccaneers have traded Goldson plus a 2016 seventh-round pick to Washington for a 2016 sixth-round pick. The trade was first reported by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
The move reunites Goldson with G.M. Scot McCloughan, who worked for the 49ers in 2007, when Goldson was drafted.
Goldson, who signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2013, has a $7.5 million base salary for 2015. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there wasn’t much of a market for Goldson — and he would have been cut by the Buccaneers but for the emergence of a trade partner in Washington. Which likely means that Goldson may be restructuring his deal in Washington.
As Stroud points out, it’s also possible that the Buccaneers will be paying $4 million in guaranteed salary that they would have owed Goldson if he’d been cut. Per source, the $4 million is fully guaranteed, without offset.
With Barron and cornerback Darrelle Revis long gone, the trade of Goldson shows that second-year coach Lovie Smith is intent on acquiring players who can effectively run his Tampa Two scheme, where safeties arguably are even more important than cornerbacks.
UPDATE 10:14 a.m. ET: Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Buccaneers will indeed pay the $4 million in fully guaranteed money that Goldson was due to make this year.