Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) is hit as he makes a catch by San Francisco 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) during the first quarter of the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Former 49ers Safety Dashon Goldson Signs With Tampa Bay Bucs

The dust has finally settled as FS Dashon Goldson has taken his talents to Tampa Bay. The player known as the “Hawk,” has been in talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since free-agency opened up yesterday afternoon, and finally reached an agreement on a five-year deal. The Bucs ranking dead last against the pass, allowing an average of 297.4 yards through the air needed a huge face lift.

Last year, first year head coach Greg Schiano took a chance on first-round pick SS Mark Barron (Alabama). A choice that would eventually pair him with FS Ronde Barber in the back end of their defense. However, despite the investment, the Bucs still struggled against the pass, making Goldson a prime target.

Goldson adds so much talent and immediately upgrades the Bucs defense. He is a fierce hitter and probably the hardest tackler in the game today. In addition, Goldson has the playmaking ability to make plays sideline to sideline. The six-year veteran has racked up 14 interceptions, 34 passes defensed, and five forced fumbles. The signing of Goldson, likely signals the end of Barber’s tenure with the team, as he is too old to be the free-safety the NFL demands.

Goldson will now have to show he is worth the big money contract the 49ers were unwilling to offer.

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