Dashon Goldson Signing A Year-Long Quest

March 13th, 2013

The three of them marched to the dais. Newly signed safety Dashon Goldson, Bucs coach Greg Schiano and rock star general manager Mark Dominik.

For Dominik, getting Goldson in the Bucs fold was the end of a year-long battle. Dominik admitted he had tried to trade for Goldson a year ago, to no avail.

When Goldson was not franchised by the NFC champion 49ers after the Super Bowl, Dominik pounced. And the Goldson signing may not be the last acquisition the Bucs make.

“I will say this: We don’t stop. We will look for any way to improve our football team,” Dominik said. “We will continue to look and the Glazer family will continue to provide resources.”

Dominik said he likes to “strike and attack” when there is a talented player like Goldson, like Carl Nicks, like Vincent Jackson, like Kellen Winslow available.

For all the nervous Nellies who wanted Goldson signed last night, Dominik cautioned those with the patience of a housefly.

“It’s not as simple as, ‘Do you want it? Yeah, I’ll take it,” Dominik said of contract negotiations. “I was encouraged we got [Goldson] on the first flight [out last night]. I was excited we got a chance to recruit him. Yeah, I was nervous.”

Dominik was hesitant to discuss any future transactions, partly because, in his own words, “This is Dashon’s day.”

66 Responses to “Dashon Goldson Signing A Year-Long Quest”

  1. @MikeInTampa2 Says:

    2 CB’s. ..a DE & DT….then u can relax

  2. BOb Says:

    i havent heard of a resolution on the eric wright challenging his voided contract. anyone else?
    im sure we cut him after that but maybe thats whats hindering our CB free agent attack?

  3. feelthepewterpower Says:

    So why did San Fran not try and retain him? Other needs first? Cap/money issues? The 49ers organization wasn’t sold on Goldson for the money, like Bennett with the Buccaneers? If teams want to keep you, they’ll usually find a way, no?

  4. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Joe posted an article dedicated to the Eric Wright situation and said he would update the moment there was anything to report.

    Very excited with this signing. Saw someone mention we had three safeties on the field a lot last year so Ronde, if he returns, is not a lock to move back to corner. Although, Ronde may have been playing “corner” while technically being a safety, I guess its a matter of semantics.

  5. Macabee Says:

    Confessing: Nervous Nellie here!

  6. the_buc_realist Says:

    If you can’t draft’em then sign’em they say.

  7. Vic66 Says:

    Job well done Domonik.

  8. Andrew 1 Says:

    if anybody is interested in watching our bran shapkin new safety they got the full 49ers vs Seahwaks monday night game on youtube.


    after watching that game I feel like I know him a little bit better. He is a guy who is going to be the back of the defense playing pass coverage so you wont really see him around the ball that often, which is ok because it frees up Barron to do what he does best, play down near the line of scrimmage. His ability to play great in pass coverage allows him to fit in this defense like a missing puzzle piece.

    he is also the kind of guy thats ganna be in your face well after the whistle blows. he likes to play the bad guy and I like that. its a aggressive attitude thats def going pump some much needed energy and swagger into this defense. I like that part about him alot.

  9. Andrew 1 Says:

    all in all he is a good football player.

  10. teacherman777 Says:

    For all the haters- who just want to say something negative.

    The 49ers love Dashon, but can’t afford him anymore. He was their 4th round pick. He developed into an All-Pro for 2 consecutive years.

    They have a lot invested in the LB core.

    They will sign a cheaper replacement, or draft one, or both.

    San Fran wanted Dashon back. They just couldn’t afford him.

    FACT: We got one of the 3 best FS’s in the game.

    Go Bucs!

  11. Bucky23 Says:

    Love the signing!!

    -He def looks high in his NFL network interview, though. LOL

  12. Mike J Says:

    2. Dashon Goldson

    2012 Grade: +6.5
    2012 Snaps: 1049

    Summary: It was a close call between Moore and Goldson for the top spot, especially after the season Goldson had in coverage, grading at +7.1. His 0.33 Yards per Cover Snap ranked seventh among safeties as he built on a 2011 season that saw him grade at -3.3 in coverage and allow 0.86 YPCS. Teams targeting Goldson will be looking at a true free safety as he only spent 12.3 percent of his run snaps in the box. When he’s at his best, he can play any coverage on the back end and he really excels at breaking downhill on short and intermediate routes. Like Moore, Goldson has lapses as a tackler as he missed one every 6.6 attempts, a mark that ranked 44th out of 58 qualifying safeties. Depending on the scheme, Goldson might be the top free safety on certain teams’ free agent boards.

  13. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Can’t believe all the Niner fans bashing him in the PFT comment section. Calling him a “liability” in pass coverage. Hating, purely because he is no longer a Niner.

    Goldson and Barron! Cant wait!

  14. Mike J Says:

    feelthepewterpower, it was leaked as far back as early Nov.:

    ”They are pretty high on (fourth-year pro C.J.) Spillman (as a future starting

    safety). Plus, with heavy payments kicking in for the new stadium,

    they might not have the money.”

  15. Cmurda Says:

    @West Coast pay no attention to San Fran sour grapes fans. Yesterday every SF fan and their mother were begging San Fran to re-sign him. Goldson is the best cover safety in the game. Period. Im so pumped right now. Way to get it done Rockstar.

  16. Pete 422 Says:

    Now for the corner(s).

  17. jfgobucs Says:

    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter

    LB Jonathan Casillas reached agreement on a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with Bucs

  18. ScottyinFatAntonio Says:

    We just signed Jonathan Casillas from the Saints. 1 Year…3 million.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Hedge you bet Dom-Release SS Cody Grimm and sign SS Benard Pollard. Right now we’ll get him at a- bargain of a price.

    Also draft one of the Hard Hitting FS in the
    3rd or 4th round to back up Goldson-(Ahmad black is major liability).

    D.J. Swearinger would be a great addition. Do this and our Safeties will be complete —with guys that will punch your snot– through your ear hole.

  20. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Jonathan Casillas is a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints in the National Football League. He played high school football at New Brunswick High School and college football at Wisconsin.

    Born: June 3, 1987 (age 25), New Brunswick
    40 yard dash time: 4.5 seconds
    Height: 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

  21. Cmurda Says:

    I don’t know anything about Casillas. Is this guy good?

  22. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    I was surprised to know he played for the Saints. I have never heard of him but apparently he is worth $3 million for one season? Could be a smokescreen/depth signing for the draft. Either that or maybe he actually is a decent player for all I know. We will see.

  23. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @Cmurda-He alright in a reserve/special teams role. Would like for us to sign Goldson good friend from SF MLB Larry Grant. He’s a veteran that played very well when Willis was banged up in 2011. He could push Goode for a roster spot, and quit possibly push Foster for some playing time. After the ISH that Hayward pulled on Cox last year-Dude has 2 go!!

  24. Cmurda Says:

    I didnt know he played for the Aints either. The general consensus is that it was a good signing on twitter although I admit I was following other bucs fans at the time.

  25. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I strongly feel this is the offseason that we get er done!

    But Dom has to add some quality depth & more the capable starters. The Birds are literally on there last leg-So are the Saints, and Carolina. We can set our selves up to Dominate this division for at least the next 3yrs.

  26. Colorado Buc Says:

    Let the Cliff Avril chatter cease, he’s a Hawk

  27. Cmurda Says:

    And let the Revis chatter continue as some are reporting Bucs are still going strong for him.

  28. Bucnasty_24 Says:

    bucs just signed olb jonathan Casillas …now we just need some d line help!

  29. Mike J Says:

    Let us not forget that this signing provides a lot more draft flexibility.

  30. FlBoy84 Says:

    Casillas was stuck behind Vilma, so should provide solid depth at least. Still see the Bucs grabbing a LB in the draft, probably higher than most expect.

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Dom Sign- DE Matt Shaughnessy (bargain bin)

  32. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    Avril wanted to win with Seattle. But I am not a believer that Seattle is a perrinieal (sp) playoff team. Mistake by Avril. Saved us some dough. Avrils 2 year deal gets him to almost 30 years old. Mistake on his part.

  33. BOb Says:

    It says on wiki that casillas’ father is flash gordon. Lol. Any son of the flash is quite alright with me

  34. BOb Says:

    clif avril got 2 years 15 million. welcome to reality michael bennet

  35. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    I would have been okay with 7.5 a year for Avril.

    I swear, sometimes these agents seem stubborn.

  36. Mike J Says:

    FlBoy84, this is a depth move. I wonder if Casillas can play all LB spots??

  37. BOb Says:

    yeah i might have been too but now we might be able to keep bennet for a cheaper price than we were originally thinking. or he could still sign with tennessee or whoever. one thing is for sure, the teams are letting these players know who the boss is and that they arent gonna overpay

  38. Bucoff Says:

    Cliff Avril just signed with the seahawks for 2 yrs 15 million….that’s the market for de’s…Bennett should get 4-7 million a year based off the Avril deal

    Good for us if we want to retain him…

  39. FlBoy84 Says:


    Are you asking Dom to sign Shaughnessy or saying you’ve read somewhere that he already has?

  40. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Naw, Just asking. Wish he would though.

  41. FlBoy84 Says:

    Agree, would be an interesting pickup. Bostad would know something him from his time at Wisconsin as well.

  42. Andrew 1 Says:

    No more news? come on Joe I need my fix. lol

  43. Cameron Says:

    bucs sign john casillas lb from saints

  44. Andrew 1 Says:

    Has Micheal Bennett even been pursued by another club? if not then we might retain him after all.

  45. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Jason Cole reporting that the Glazers are on board and pushing to complete a trade for Revis:


  46. Paul Says:

    Known Buc’s haters, Walterfootball wrote this:

    “The Buccaneers spent heavily last spring, and all that got them was a 7-9 record. They apparently haven’t learned from their mistakes. They inked the top-available safety, Dashon Goldson, to a massive contract Wednesday afternoon. “

  47. 4everBucsFan Says:

    forget Revis ….he was seen wearing a dirty bird hat ….give Sean Smith, Eric Wrights deal.

  48. FlBoy84 Says:

    It easy to evaluate things from one move without looking at the big picture. With the needs that Bucs roster had (and still has) it was impossible to fix every issue in one off-season last year. Will have a lot fewer after this year’s FA and draft are completed and should be in good shape for the foreseeable future regarding depth at most positions.

  49. Andrew 1 Says:

    fuk the critiques.

  50. Andrew 1 Says:

    people are going to do what they feel is in there best interest. the bucs are no expcetion. if that means signing Goldson or getting Revis than so be it.

  51. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    Sean Smith re-signed with the Dolphins.

    Bucs better not give up a 2014 1st for Revis.

    Can anyone explain to me in football terms WHY Revis is the best? And why he is going to be shutdown after his surgery?

  52. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    ^No, Sean Smith did not re-sign with the Dolphins. He’s still available.

  53. Yusef Says:

    this seems to be inching closer and closer


  54. Big Picture Guy Says:

    FLBoy, if true, that article makes a lot of sense. Dominik certainly is right to be sticking to his guns on a 1st round draft pick this year.

    If the Bucs are so dead-set on this trade, then I would hope he is offering a conditional 1st round pick in 2014, contingent on Revis signing a long-term deal (obviously only if healthy). It probably takes a 3rd this year and the extra 4th as well.

    If you’re the Jets, I just don’t see how you’re going to get more than that from ANYONE (no matter how good Revis is/was), considering the risk and cost to resign him. For the bucs, that deal would protect against injury/Revis walking after next year.

    That deal, I would be comfortable with.

  55. cannuckbuc Says:

    Bucs should get off this Revis trade and secure some cbs before the all the good ones are gone.It may already be to late.

  56. DOUGismyHERO Says:

    Don’t care who they sign……This franchise NEEDS a solid draft(like last season). Bucs are playing with a handicap from all the drafts gone wrong before 2011.

  57. DOUGismyHERO Says:

    oh i meant before 2012….forgot again it is 2013

  58. White Tiger Says:

    Great acquisition, immediately upgrades the current backfield talent – with additional/probable CB the pick puts this secondary into one of the scariest in this division, maybe the NFC…and if you factor in that Mr Bennets value has just been established by Avril signing with Seattle.

    Win/Win for the Bucs, and their fans!

    Now, somebody fill me in on Grimes…and Mallett!?

  59. DOUGismyHERO Says:

    @White Tiger

    Not sure how Avril signing is a win situation. We are in bad need of a pass rusher. How exactally does this help us?

  60. Nick B Says:


    “Not sure how Avril signing is a win situation. We are in bad need of a pass rusher. How exactally does this help us?”

    I believe they think (as do i) that this will make Michael Bennett a lot more affordable for the Bucs.

  61. DOUGismyHERO Says:

    Yeah Nick

    But personally, I really don’t care about price. I want talent and I didn’t care much for Bennett last year. But he is young so Bennett could prove to be better then I see him for.

  62. Dave Says:

    Mike J —

    WOW. I hate this. Don’t go all Tampa Rays on the Buccaneers. Football is not baseball. Baseball is built on stats and I like it ….. to a point.
    Football is not built on stats. It is a team game with 11 moving parts more so than any other sport. It is about emotion and execution. Stats really mean nothing for most positions in football.
    I watch the games and focus on players whenever possible. Barron and Goldson can BOTH be pro-bowlers. It is obvious in the film

  63. Dave Says:

    That sucks about Avril. I was really high on him. I wonder if at that price though the Bucs are going to offer 5 million per for Bennett? If so, it does not seem he will get much better.

  64. 4everBucsFan Says:

    What makes anyone think that Revis wants to play here? This dude has such a huge ego and he already knows where he wants to play. If he comes in here with a chip on his ego inflated shoulder, he may never give us his best, and will force us to run him out of town. All will be lost. In fact, even now Izdic is jerking us around. This has punked all over it. Move on.

  65. Buc'N'iT Says:

    I watched the press conference and am stoked to have him here, you could tell tht he wanted to be here and apart of this organization. He’ll he even threw in Go Bucs!!! He is a heavy hitter and solid in coverage, we got him for a steal at only 22 guaranteed.

  66. Buc'N'iT Says:

    I watched the press conference and am stoked to have him here, you could tell tht he wanted to be here and apart of this organization. He’ll he even threw in Go Bucs!!! He is a heavy hitter and solid in coverage, we got him for a steal at only 22 guaranteed.

    Not to worry about the Cb situation, IMO Smith is waiting on us, if nothing else we can give him Wrights contract