The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting their No. 1 priority in free agency once again. Safety Dashon Goldson has agreed to terms on a five-year contract, a team source told NFL.com's Albert Breer on Wednesday.
The Buccaneers later made the move official, announcing in a press release that Goldson has signed his contract, which NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported is worth $8.25 million per year ($41.25 million total) with $22 million guaranteed.
"I was very thankful I didn't get the franchise tag again, just so I could see my opportunities out there," Goldson said Wednesday, via The Associated Press. "I think this is the correct fit. I really truly believe that. It was time to go somewhere that really, really wanted me."
One of the biggest hitters in the NFL, Goldson can line up in a variety of places. He's a good run defender who occasionally was exposed in pass protection. Pairing Goldson with second-year pro Mark Barron gives the Bucs one of the most talented and highly paid safety combinations in the league. Coach Greg Schiano has a lot of options for how he wants to deploy them.
The addition of Goldson should improve a lackluster secondary, but the Bucs still need cornerbacks. That begs the question: Could the Bucs use all of that cap space on a long-term contract and trade for cornerback Darrelle Revis?
With Goldson's move out of the way, they can move on to other deals.