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Bucs going after S Goldson in style

Posted Mar 12, 2013 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 05:58 PM


BY ROY CUMMINGS
Tribune Staff
 
TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reaching for the stars in free agency again this year and once again they are doing so in style.

Two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson agreed to visit the Bucs before contacting any other team Tuesday and the Bucs responded by sending a private jet to California to pick him up, Goldson’s agent, Ben Dogra, said.

The decision to fly Goldson to Tampa on a private jet is similar to the move the Bucs made a year ago when they sent a private jet to retrieve their top three free agents signees – wide receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright.

Goldson, 28, has 14 career interceptions, including nine the last two years, and 20 pass breakups the last two years alone. He was considered the top safety available on the free agency market.

An explosive hitter and run stopper in the box, Goldson is considered to be at his best playing the role of the deep ball hawker, which would seem to make him a good fit alongside Mark Barron, the Bucs 2012 first-round draft pick.

A signing of Goldson, meanwhile, would mean the Bucs have found a replacement for veteran Ronde Barber, who is contemplating retirement but may still return to the Bucs in a reserve role.

In other Bucs free agent news, Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett told the NBC Spots Network today that he now believes there is only a 20-40-pecennt chance he will return to the Bucs.

Bennett told the Tribune on Monday that he still hoped to return to the Bucs and set his chances at 40-60 percent. He also said he planned to give the Bucs a chance to match the best offer he receives in free agency, but Bennett said Tuesday the Bucs will have to better his best offer to get him back.

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