Dec 22, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) hits St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey (12) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Buccaneers 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add to the Roster By Subtracting Dashon Goldson?


When a new coach and new GM come in and take over a team, the entire roster should be on red alert. When Lovie Smith was announced as the new head man in Tampa, the collective heads of the entire Buc universe looked toward Darrelle Revis and wondered how he would fit in the Tampa 2.

We here at the Pewter Plank, as well as many of our friends from other outlets have written countless articles about how poor of a decision it would be to move on from one of the top DB’s in the NFL. It seems as though that fire has been put out. But the sparks started causing us to wonder, if a guy like Revis could go, who else might doesn’t fit and might need to go. That brings us to Dashon Goldson.

Goldson had a tough year in Tampa a season ago, riddled by 15 yard “hitting too hard” penalties and the impact that a new (bad) defensive system has on a safety coming in from another team. So does he belong as a long-term part of the franchise?

The biggest concern for me is the fact that Mark Barron is turning himself into a younger, and possibly better, version of Dashon Goldson. Both love to play downhill, both struggle when asked to cover large amounts of space in the deep passing game, and both absolutely crush people when they get the chance.

What Barron excels at, covering tight ends, has become a huge trait in a safety, especially in a division that has Jimmy Graham. Goldson’s dominant trait is his closing speed, which unfortunately the league’s safety initiative has made less important in a defender’s arsenal.

The question I have for Lovie Smith is, “can you find a way to get the most of out both Barron and Goldson on the same play?” They seem like far too similar styled players for the Buccaneers to want to keep both around. However, the Schiano system may have been the problem.

At this point, I’d only be ready to give up on Goldson if you can guarantee me the Bucs get a Pro Bowl free safety to replace him at equal or lesser cost. With Jairus Bryd about to hit the market, and with a strong connection to Lovie Smith’s coaching staff, that might be possible, but unlikely.

So I’d rather see Lovie take a crack at having both Goldson and Barron in 2014, even if I’m pretty sure it’ll be tough to get the most out of both at the same time.

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  • Bill Benoit

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to cut DeQuan Bowers he’s a bust for last 3 season

  • RussMillerWY

    I saw an evaluation of Barron and Goldson that said the Bucs have two safeties who can come into the box as hard hitting run stoppers, but no good deep coverage safeties. Goldson seems like a more expensive version of Barron who can’t adapt to the new Save the Brains movement. Like you said, no sense moving on from him if the only other options are marginal guys like Tandy or the special teams safeties now on the roster. Barron hasn’t exactly lived up to his #7 overall hype, either. Even a guy as good as Byrd might look bad, too, if McCoy is our only pass rusher. I’d rather see them spend on speed rushers than another safety this year. Sinking all those resources into that tandem hasn’t worked so far. Barber may even have been the best of the lot, but he also had the benefit of having Michael Bennett on the pass rush.

    • Ken Boehlke

      Give Barron a little more time. You are certainly correct that he hasn’t lived up to the pick yet, but it usually takes safteys a while to get used to the NFL. Pairing him with Lovie should do wonders for his career arc.

  • 65yt

    While I understand the reason for Articles like this, the subject kinda drives me bonkers. “Could a football team use the money that they are paying good players to buy other players?” Uhhhh yea. But why would they?