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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The book on Dashon Goldson

By Pat Yasinskas

Safety Dashon Goldson is visiting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as we speak. If things go well, I’m thinking there’s a good chance the Bucs and Goldson could have a deal by the end of the day.

So let’s start getting to know Goldson.

You can read his Insider scouting report on our Free-Agent Tracker (his grades are outstanding).

Now let’s run through some stuff from ESPN Stats & Information. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has nine interceptions over the past two seasons. That’s the third most by any safety. Goldson, who carried the franchise tag last year, was part of a San Francisco defense that helped the 49ers get to last season’s Super Bowl.

We all know that the Buccaneers were the league’s worst pass defense last season. But acquiring Goldson could go a long way in changing that.

With Goldson playing a large role, the 49ers didn’t give up very many deep balls the past two seasons. The 49ers ranked among the top five defenses in the league in completion percentage, yards per attempt and interceptions on passes of at least 15 yards downfield over the past two seasons. On throws of that distance, Goldson produced six interceptions over the past two seasons.

This guy has the ability to be a center fielder, which would allow Mark Barron to be more of a true strong safety as he enters his second NFL season.