Goldson signs five-year deal with Tampa Bay

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Goldson signs five-year deal with Tampa Bay
March 13, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Dashon Goldson signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract with Tampa Bay with $22 million in guaranteed money. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson, who never received a contract proposal from the 49ers, got an offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he could not turn down.

Goldson signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract that includes $22 million in guaranteed money, a league source told CSNBayArea.com.

The 49ers could have retained Goldson as their franchise player, but decided he was not worth the $7.45 million price for a one-year deal. Goldson was tagged a year ago at $6.212 million.

Goldson sought a contract worth $8 million a season from the 49ers, but the 49ers were unwilling to extend that kind of contract to Goldson, who was selected to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. After Goldson turned down a five-year, $25 million offer in 2011, the 49ers and Goldson never came close to reaching a long-term agreement. The 49ers never made an offer to Goldson this offseason, as CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach confirmed Wednesday.

Veteran Charles Woodson is visiting the 49ers on Wednesday, and the club is also scheduled to meet with New York Jets Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry, if he does not first sign with the Indianapolis Colts.

Woodson, 36, was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. In 2011, Woodson intercepted 11 passes. Last year, he moved from cornerback to free safety but missed nine games due to a broken collarbone. The Packers released Woodson in February. He was scheduled earn $6.5 million in base salary with a $3.5 million roster bonus.

Goldson intercepted nine passes, forced two fumbles and recovered three fumbles over the past two seasons.

 

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