Dashon Goldson is finally getting the pay day that he deserves.
The former 49ers safety has agreed to a five-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that is worth $8.25 million per year with $22 million guaranteed, according to NFL.com.
Numerous teams were interested in Goldson, who was perhaps the hottest attraction in this year’s field of free agents. As time progressed, however, it became apparent that the 49ers were no longer interested in bringing him back.
Goldson made $7.45 million last season under the franchise tag, but made it clear that he did not want to be forced to play under another one-year deal.
“There’s no security in it,” he said a few days after the Super Bowl. “The franchise tag, it’s cool. It’s not that bad with the money, but everybody wants security. In the job that I do, and the position I play, there’s a lot that comes with the territory. Security is something that you want at my position, for sure. I’ve been in this league now for six years, going on seven. I think I’ve done what I’ve had to do to deserve a second contract, period.”
Goldson was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season and was named to the All-Pro team.
Although at the time he implicated that he wanted to return to San Francisco, he ominously added, “I’m open to all 32 teams.”