The top safety tandem of Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner is no more. On Thursday, Goldson signed a five-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Buccaneers flew Goldson to Tampa Bay in a private jet on Wednesday to negotiate.
Goldson will be making $41.25 million in his five-year deal with $22 million guaranteed from the Buccaneers, according to Pro Football Talk.
With Goldson's departure, the 49ers have had visits from Pro Bowl safeties Charles Woodson and LaRon Landry this week. Landry, a six-year veteran played the first four years of his career with Carlos Rogers from 2007-2010.
Goldson became one of the best safeties in back to back Pro Bowl seasons in 2011 and 2012. Last year, he played under the franchise tag and it would have cost the 49ers $7.45 million if they wanted to apply it again. The 49ers chose not to give him an offer during this process. Goldson was initially a fourth round draft pick of the 49ers in 2007.