The waves appear to be picking up in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers could be making a free-agent splash for the second straight year. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson’s first visit will be to the Bucs.
That’s a pretty significant fact because Goldson is one of the top players on the market, and he wouldn’t be making the trip if the Bucs weren’t a serious contender. They have more than $32 million in salary-cap space and a need to overhaul a pass defense that ranked No. 32 in the NFL last season.
I’m sure the Bucs will put the full-court press on Goldson, and I’d be surprised if he gets out of One Buccaneer Place without signing a contract. The Bucs made a similar early splash last year when they quickly signed receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright.
Goldson likely won’t be the only big-name player visiting the Bucs. They reportedly have been in contact with the agents for several free-agent cornerbacks and have been mentioned as a potential suitor for Darrelle Revis in a possible trade.
With Goldson in the mix, Barber’s role likely would be as a third safety and a nickel cornerback.