Lions, Bucs are front runners for Goldson sweepstakes
Dashon Goldson is one of the big free agent prizes of this offseason and will likely have no trouble getting the deal he wants when free agency opens up at 4 PM today. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday night that the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the favorites out of a handful of teams that will sign the All-Pro safety. He also mentioned that Philadelphia as well as Goldson’s current team in San Francisco are trying to sign him to a deal.
It’s likely that the 49ers won’t re-sign the all-pro safety due to cap issues. They got even closer to cap after they traded for former ravens WR Anquan Boldin and picked up his $6 Million dollar salary.
Goldson is looking for a deal in the range of around $8 Million a year, which makes it seem like the Niners will be hard pressed to re-sign him. The Buccaneers and the Lions, though, make perfect sense. Both teams were absolutely awful against the pass last year.
The Lions have a talented safety in Louis Delmas, but injury problems have hampered him in the past two seasons. He’s missed 13 games in the past two seasons. Delmas, who is also a free agent, has said that he would prefer to be a Lion again next season, but feels as though the Lions are “cheating on” him.
The Buccaneers need a free safety who can play the deep middle of the field, and Goldson is really the only safety on the market capable of doing that consistently at a high level. The Buccaneers may not want Ronde Barber back as a safety: they see him simply as a nickel cornerback. That leaves the Bucs with a big hole at safety that Goldson would fill if he signs there.
Goldson is still a young player at 28 years old who has played some very good football over the past two years and has a few more years of top-level football ahead of him if he stays healthy. He would be a major help to either team if they sign him. For now, it looks like Detroit and Tampa Bay are the front runners to land the star safety.