Dashon Goldson was a hot commodity this offseason, and in the end, he decided to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
UPDATE: Wednesday, March 13, at 3:57 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg
The deal is now complete and has been announced by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on their official Twitter account:
And the deal is just now officially done! The Bucs & All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson have agreed on a five-year contract for the former 49er.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 13, 2013
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Albert Breer of NFL Network first reported the five-year deal:
The Buccaneers have agreed to a five-year deal with S Dashon Goldson.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 13, 2013
$22 million guaranteed for Goldson— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2013
Total value for Goldson over five years: $41.25 million— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2013
The safety seemingly came out of nowhere as a fourth-round pick out of Washington. In his first two years with the San Francisco 49ers, he only played sparingly in dime and nickel packages.
However, he took over the starting free safety position in 2009 and never looked back. Since then, he has been one of the best defensive backs in the NFL and brought a physical presence to the 49ers secondary.
In the last two seasons, Goldson has a combined 136 tackles, nine interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in each year, and in 2012, was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
His ability to lead the defensive secondary was a big part of the 49ers' defensive success over the past couple of seasons. San Francisco ranked second in points allowed in 2012 and third in total yards allowed.
In 2011, the unit ranked also ranked in the top five in both categories while also leading the NFL in turnover ratio.
Good signing for the Bucs?
While the 49ers eventually lost in the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens, the elite defense was on display throughout this year's playoffs.
Goldson will now bring his skill and experience to the Buccaneers, a squad that really struggled against the pass last season. He should be able to take over in the secondary right away and improve the unit immediately.
Tampa Bay may have given up a hefty amount of money for his services, but he has proven that he is one of the best at his position and can be a big part of a contending team. Clearly, the Bucs think it's worth the price tag.
Goldson's talent and potential make the signing worthwhile as the squad tries to take the next step toward contention.