Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) illegally hits Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) and is charged with a 10-yard penalty during the second half of the game at Raymond James Stadium. Arizona defeated Tampa Bay 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

49ers, Goldson share mutual respect

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson and his former team share a mutual respect heading into Sunday’s game.

Rather than hold a grudge for not receiving the contract he wanted from San Francisco, Goldson still holds a fondness for his former teammates – but will be nothing but business come game time.

“Of course, I look forward to every Sunday. I’m not looking at it like that,” Goldson said, according to a report from CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. “I’m sure my emotions will be flying come Sunday. Right now I’m just trying to get the game plan down and focus on what I have to do.”

Goldson signed a 5-year, $41.25 million contract with Tampa Bay this past offseason.  He had nothing but praise for his replacement, rookie Eric Reid.

“He’s really good, a raw talent,” Goldson said. “They’re going to be good for years to come. He’s got to stay healthy.”

Several 49ers’ described their relationship with their former safety, and shared the same sentiment, according to the CSN Bay Area report.

“Dashon and I, we came in together,” linebacker Patrick Willis said. “We kind of grew in this league together, so he’ll always be close to me and dear to me as a teammate. I know him like a brother. But we’re very fortunate to have Eric and all the things he’s brought to this team.”

It’s nice to see former teammates getting along in this day and age of rampant trash talk.  Although I’m sure the feelings won’t be so warm and fuzzy if Goldson drops one of his patented earth shattering hits on someone.

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