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Bucs Dominik broke with tradition to get Goldson signed

Posted Mar 14, 2013 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 03:23 PM

Tribune Staff

TAMPA – Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik broke with a personal business trend to get free safety Dashon Goldson signed to a five-year $41.5 million dael on Wednesday.
For the last couple years Dominik has limited the number of guaranteed years on the free agent contracts he’s worked to two so that he can quickly get out of the deals if the player proves to be a dud.

To get Goldson signed, however, Dominik agreed to guaranteed payouts totaling $25.5 million over the first three years of the deal, according to details of the contract filed with the NFL.

Broken down the guarantees include a $4.5 million salary and $4.5 million roster bonus in 2013, a $6 million salary and $3 million roster bonus in 2014 and a $7.5 million salary in 2015.

The deal includes no signing bonus which is pretty much in keeping with recent Bucs polcy but does call for Goldson to receive a $7.5 million salary and $500,000 workout bonus in 2016 as well as a $5.75 million salary in 2017.

As mentioned before the three-years worth of guarantees represent something of a diversion for the Bucs, whose decision to guarantee only two years on the bulk of their deals has definitely worked out in at least one, if not two, instances.

One is linebacker Quincy Black, who signed a five-year, $29 million contract two years ago that included $11.5 million in guarantees, all of which were paid out in the first two years.

That could prove fortunate for the Bucs, who stand to lose Black for at least 2013 if not longer after he suffered nerve damage in his left shoulder and neck area during a game against San Diego last November.

The Bucs also struck a similar deal last year with cornerback Eric Wright, who signed a five-year, $38 million contract that included guaranteed salaries of $7.5 million in 2012 and $7.75 million in 2013.

Citing a clause in the contract, the Bucs have sought to void the guarantee on the 2013 salary as a result of Wright’s 2012 positive test for the banned substance Adderall, meaning they could be out from under that guarantee very shortly.

And even if they lose that battle with Wright, who has filed an appeal of the action, the Bucs can get out from under the contract after this year, whcih they may want to do if Wright’s has a 2013 season similar to his 2012 season.

Reader Comments

Por (Jrock) on March 15, 2013 (Suggest removal)

We’ve already released Black, guys. That happened yesterday. Any updated on Wright’s appeal would be awesome, though. I thought a statement was due from the league office on Tuesday, could a delay be a bad thing for the Bucs?

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