Dashon Goldson is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday and he’s not expected to leave town without a fresh contract. According to Stephen Holder of the Tampa Times, if all things go according to plan, the Buccaneers will sign the former 49ers safety before he leaves town on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bucs appear close to a deal with 49ers free agent safety Dashon Goldson. He’s en route to Tampa and, if things go as planned, won’t leave without a contract.
- Stephen Holder, Bucs Beat Writer, Tampa Times
The Buccaneers have been closely linked to Goldson for quite some time now, so it comes as no surprise that they’re ready to offer him the deal he wants to see. Goldson is expected to receive a salary somewhere around $8 million per season, and while other teams have shown an interest in signing the safety, the Buccaneers are the team that harnesses the ability to outbid others.
If and when he lands in Tampa with a new deal, Goldson will play along side rookie standout Mark Barron, who proved he’s ready to be a massive part of the Bucs defensive future last season. Ronde Barber is currently slated to be a safety if he decided to set aside retirement for another season, but the arrival of Goldson may allow Barber to switch back to cornerback.
Last year the Buccaneers burst onto the free agency scene by picking up two of the hottest targets on the market thanks to stockpile of cash, and it appears they’re going a similar route in 2013. Nothing has yet been made official, but if Goldson leaves Tampa without a contract, it will be extremely surprising.