It didn’t even take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 hours to land their top free agent target for the second year in a row. On the second day of the 2013 NFL free agency period, the Buccaneers and former San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson agreed to a five-year deal that will vastly improve Tampa Bay’s secondary yet again.
In 2012, the Buccaneers landed receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright, which were all great needs of the team at the time. This offseason, Tampa Bay wasted no time in continuing to fill holes in its roster by hauling in Goldson for five years and $41.25 million, including $22 million guaranteed. In other words, Goldson is just the latest player fresh off a Super Bowl appearance to get paid big time by a desperate team.
That’s no knock against the Buccaneers, but they didn’t exactly set the woods on fire in 2011 or 2012 after a promising 2010 campaign. With a playmaker like Goldson who has Super Bowl experience in the fold, Tampa Bay is definitely headed in the right direction. Buccaneers should be extremely happy with their team heading into 2013, at least personnel wise. Although they haven’t been able to execute consistently over the past two seasons, the Bucs have the talent to contend in the NFC South in 2013 and beyond. The only question remains: who will they bring in next?