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March 12, 2013 @ 9:01 pm
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Bucs And Goldson Reach Deal

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The Buccaneers knew heading into the 2013 offseason that the secondary was a top priority. On Wednesday, the the Buccaneers made the first step in rectifying the league's worst pass defense with the signing of free agent Dashon Goldson.
For the last two seasons the Buccaneers have had a secret weapon for highly visible free agents – a private jet.

Last March the Buccaneers sent one for Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Eric Wright. On Tuesday afternoon one was dispatched to California to pick up another big-named free agent.

While the Darelle Revis sweepstakes continues on – with the Tampa Bay being a major player – the Buccaneers didn’t waste any time shoring up the secondary in other ways.

49ers’ free agent safety Dashon Goldson is the newest member of the Buccaneers after agreeing to a contract late Tuesday evening in Tampa according to the NFL Network and multiple sources. A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. this afternoon at One Buccaneer Place.

Initial reports say Goldson's contract is worth $41.25 million over five years, with $22 million guaranteed.

The addition of Goldson, a Pro Bowler the last two seasons, brings another physical presence (along with Mark Barron) to the Bucs secondary. The former Washington star is 28 and is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. Goldson is a ballhawk, forcing 19 turnovers in the last four years (14 INTs, five forced fumbles).

Tampa Bay has faced Goldson twice in the previous three seasons and saw firsthand the impact he can make. In a 2010 21-0 win at San Francisco, Goldson had seven tackles in the loss. A year later, the Niners destroyed the Buccaneers 48-3 and Goldson notched four tackles and a forced fumble, separating Tampa Bay receiver Mike Williams from the football in the first half.

Tampa Bay has acknowledged they would like veteran safety Ronde Barber back for another season and have offered him time to make a decision. Some are speculating that the signing of Goldson would signal the end of the Barber era in Tampa Bay, but that may not be the case. The Buccaneers showed a lot of dime defense in 2012 and could conceivably have Barber, Goldson and Barron on the field at the same time.

The 49ers 2012 franchised-tagged safety has recorded 346 tackles, 14 interceptions, three sacks, and 39 passes defensed for his career.

On Tuesday PewterReport.com publisher Scott Reynolds wrote about some of the reasons that could have went into the signing of Goldson.

• Goldson, a two-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2012), was an All-Pro in 2012 and helped San Francisco reach the Super Bowl last season. The Bucs like his accolades, postseason experience and production.

• A six-year pro, Goldson could help be a mentor to Mark Barron, the Bucs’ first-round pick in 2012, and aid him in his development. Barron and Goldson are very similarly-built players that have the same type of abilities. Having Goldson as a role model can accelerate Barron’s learning curve in the NFL. As a 16-game starter at strong safety during his rookie season, Barron had 89 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

• Defensive-minded head coach Greg Schiano likes players that create turnovers, and Goldson has been a ballhawk in his six years in the league. The former 49er has picked off 14 passes and forced five fumbles. Goldson burst on the scene in 2009 as a first-time starter, notching 94 tackles, picking off four passes, forcing three fumbles and recovering a fumble. In 2011, Goldson posted a career-high six interceptions, in addition to forcing a fumble and recovering one

• Schiano likes big defensive backs, as does Tampa Bay’s front office. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Goldson would be the third-biggest safety on the team behind Barron, who is 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, and Sean Baker, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 209 pounds.

• The Bucs’ scouts and front office has already seen Goldson’s impact firsthand. In 2010 during Tampa Bay’s 21-0 shutout win at San Francisco, Goldson finished the game with seven tackles. A year later at the same venue in the 49ers’ 48-3 thrashing of the Buccaneers, Goldson had four tackles and a forced fumble on a huge hit against Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Williams.

• Goldson was scouted hard by new Bucs director of college scouting Eric Stokes. The former Washington Huskies standout played in the backyard of the Seattle Seahawks, where Stokes spent the first 15 years of his NFL career in scouting. Like Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik, Stokes has a fondness for big defensive backs.

• In a division that features a plethora of gifted tight ends, such as Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez, New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham and David Thomas, and Carolina’s Greg Olsen, having a safety with range and coverage ability like Goldson fills a big need. Barber and Barron had trouble against the NFC South tight ends at times in 2012, and having Goldson’s ability to match up in single coverage against premier tight ends gives defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan greater flexibility in calling plays.

–Scott Reynolds contributed to this report

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:33

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    welcome to Tampa dashon!!! go bucs!!! hit hard! PR question: why not pickup james Harrison??? to fill mike Bennett shoes I know he was in a 3-4 but still he brings leadership and passion for the game like goldson
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    All the great Super Bowl teams had great safties Miami Jake Scott and Dick Anderson. Frisco. Ronnie Lott, Bears Fencik and Plank, Pats. Harrison, Pit. Mike Wagner and then later it was Troy Polamalu, and how about Tampa John Lynch and Dexter Jackson ,Balt. Ed Reed , Indi. Scott, Pack. Willie Wood Tom Brown, Oak. Jack Tatum and 43 sorry . Dallas Cliff Harris and Charley Waters. So look for our Bucs to turn this thing around real fast I mean real fast.
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    go grimes.get A guy that's good at man,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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    The FA scenario painted by Jon Gruden is one I see as ideal. It would set up the draft in a way where we could treat the #13 as BPA and likely come out of the draft with excellent DE and CB prospects. Might also possibly have the luxury of grabbing Mathieu if available in 4-5 Rd. Could initially create one heck of a nickle/dime package while he gets an opportunity to earn more playing time. I'd love to see him, Barber, Grimes, Goldson, & Barron hit the field on third & long. Great combination of instinctive ball skills and hard hitting. Would also llike to find TE Travis Kelsy still available in 5-6 Rd.
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    Wow we've got 2 big head hunters back there at safety now. Love it!! Can't wait to see them flying around making plays all over the field. Now lets get some value at CB and not overpay like last year.
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    I am hearing this deal is very light in the first two years (probably to save cap space for a possible freeman deal). I like this signing and would like to see a trade back with Minnesota. We give 13 th and Benn for 25 th and a third this year or next. They get Patterson and we get banks/Rhodes. Revis would be too expensive and strap us for yrs to come. I'd sooner DRC for cheaper.
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    I think this is a good acquisition. I hope Mr. Goldson understands what big shoes he is trying to fill. And I hope this signing, and the attendant reduction in playing time, will influence Ronde to give us one more year. Barron, Goldson, and Barber would constitute the best three-player safety combo in the league.
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    Welcome to the Bucs Goldson! I wish you all the best here...stay focused in coverage :-). As for the Nnamdi/S. Smith debate it's a tie. They both have great size and get beat all the time. Don't sign either. Trade for Revis using only our 1st round pick, sign Grimes and draft a CB with our 3rd round pick. Use the 2nd round pick on a TE or DT.
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    Get Grimes on an incentive heavy two year contract, restructure Wright to half of his salary on a one year deal, sign Freeny and trade up a few spots in the draft to draft BYU DE or Lane Johnson or trade down and draft either Austin, Rhodes or Flucker
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    Yeah youre right Nnamdi was not that good for Philly but hes still better than Sean Smith..I dont see why all these people want Sean Smith so bad...he sucks and all he does is give up the big play and we will have to over pay to sign him...
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    Sean Smith over Nnamdi
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    I say this Free Agency-A lot of teams throw big money around.But which team spend it wisely! I think Tampa Does-GO Bucs.I can't wait to se if Jets let Revis go to the bucs,Itn would be great, But if he doesn't come there are other CB available-GO Bucs
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    Happy with the addition, but that's alot that we have invested in the safety position. Would be happier with 2 great corners than 2 great safeties. But he is a good football player, so I am not trying to downplay his acquisition. And I hope we wait a bit on adding a corner or two so we get VALUE!!!
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    This is a great signing and only adds to a young coming up team. Please Bucs Fans stop mentioning Nnamdi's name he is horrible and was Philly's EJ Biggers why do you think they let him walk? Sign Grimes and Cox and draft a DE and we are in business although I'm not against getting Revis but we will pay a kings ransom in picks and cash.
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    Jongruden I totally agree that Goldson is an excellent start. Also Nnamdi was totally exposed in Philly and can only play on the right side...not very versatile, so teams can game plan around his (minimal skills...at this point they send their best receiver against him as he sucks...he is not shutdown, he has shutdown and is a liability. His confidence is crap right now (as it should be), so a horrible option, I'd rather play a rookie. I say would no to Revis as well, the money is too much, but really the problem is that I dont want to give up picks, when there are decent CB's for no compensation.
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    Awesome!!! Great job Dom & Staff. Cant wait to see what else we do. GO BUCS!!!
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    Good start...plenty of corners to choose from...maybe a DE, too...build that defense!
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    I like the aggressive personalities we are putting on the field in both Clayborne and Goldson.
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    Plenty of corners, sitting out there, why give the keys to the kingdom to Revis?
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    Wouldn't it be great if we could get Grimes and Nnamdi to along with Goldson and Barron? WOW.
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    Nnamdi sucks big time don't even mention him please!
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    Nnamdi would be a nice addition at CB and they wouldnt have to give him a big contract. To me the signing of Goldson rules out a trade for Revis because they will need that money to extend their own players specially if Free has a good year. But who knows. I just really hope they dont trade for Revis.
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    did you guys even watch Nnamdi last two yrs? sigh!
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    Way to go Dom!! Now let's go and fix the CB position!
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