Posted March 13, 2013

Dashon Goldson to sign with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Free Agency, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Safety Dashon Goldson should provide some help to 2012 first round pick Mark Barron in the Bucs' backfield. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Safety Dashon Goldson should provide some help to 2012 first round pick Mark Barron in the Bucs’ backfield. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent the No. 7 pick in last April’s draft on safety Mark Barron. Wednesday, they found him some help in the secondary, agreeing to a five-year deal with former 49er Dashon Goldson.

The Buccaneers headed into free agency with upwards of $30 million available under the cap, coupled with a need to improve on a pass defense that was worst in the league last season. Goldson certainly should help with the latter — and it was that extra cash that helped pry him away from San Francisco. Goldson reportedly received a five-year deal worth $41.25 million, $22 million of which will be guaranteed.

For the Bucs, with all that money to spend, Goldson’s contract may not cause too much stress. However, that $8.25 million per-year average is the third-highest number for any safety in the league.

Can Goldson live up to that contract?

While Goldson, who will turn 29 in mid-September, picked off 14 passes over the past four season in San Francisco, he struggled down the stretch in coverage — particularly in the NFC title game against Atlanta.

Tampa Bay will need him to be much better than that to free up Barron. And it’s worth pointing out that Tampa Bay’s cornerbacks remain a relative weak spot, increasing the pressure on Goldson deep.

That said, Goldson often did yeoman’s work for the 49ers, both before and during 2012. He absolutely upgrades Tampa Bay’s defense.

Grade: B. Goldson and Barron are going to hammer offenses from the Tampa Bay secondary. Grade dropped a tad because o the money Tampa Bay had to spend, but the Buccaneers had the wiggle room to make an aggressive move.

5 comments
A.F.Davis
A.F.Davis

Damn, damn, damn...I think the 9ers will live to regret this one.  They had the chance to shore of the back half of the secondary by re-signing Goldson.  Paired with Donte Whitner, the two made the best safety tandem in the league and two big hitters from the safety position.  Goldson was a bonafide playmaker for the 9ers, it was probably a money thing, but we will miss him.  The safeties behind Goldson on the depth chart a few steps down in caliber of player, you know being that Goldson was a ALL-PRO!!

mrkurtz
mrkurtz

He is an okay player, as long as he doesn't have to cover anyone.  Bucs definitely overpaid.

6marK6
6marK6

Enjoy the money, because you just went to a tropical Siberia

kyyled5
kyyled5

Niners fan. We will miss you Dashon, you were a solid player. Good luck in TB.

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