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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Bucs already working on secondary

By Pat Yasinskas

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 over $32 million in salary-cap space and a need to overhaul a pass defense that ranked No. 32 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.

If Goldson lands with the Bucs, he’d be paired with second-year pro Mark Barron. Adding Goldson wouldn’t necessarily mean the end for Ronde Barber. The Bucs have said they want Barber back.

With Goldson in the mix, Barber’s role likely would be as a third safety and a nickel cornerback.