After a cross-country flight on a private jet and a day filled with negotiations, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have finally inked a five-year deal worth $41.25 million with free safety Dashon Goldson. The five-year pro is a much-needed addition to the Bucs defense that ranked last in passing yards allowed in 2012.
During his career with the San Francisco 49ers Goldson recorded 346 tackles, 14 interceptions and three sacks, while establishing himself as a bruising hitter in the secondary. Buccaneers fans may know him best for a punishing blast he laid on Mike Williams that caused a fumble in week five of the 2011 season.
With $22 million in guaranteed money, the Buccaneers are making a statement by signing Goldson. The Bucs are hoping that his veteran leadership, though still in the prime of his career as he turns 29 in September, will be enough to plug a hole in a secondary that has been accustomed to giving up big plays through the air.
Goldson who shares an agent with 2012 free agent signee Carl Nicks, boarded a private jet on Tuesday and met with Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano for a late night dinner, once he landed in Tampa. The same first-class treatment was extended to Nicks a year ago.
Now that the Bucs have found their new free safety, Dominik an company can take aim at a cornerbacks market that has yet to be set.