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Bucs swung and missed on Goldson last year



In a perfect world for the Bucs, Dashon Goldson would have been a member of their team a year ago.

General manager Mark Dominik said today the organization tried to execute a trade with the 49ers before the 2012 draft, at which point Goldson had been given the team’s franchise-player designation but hadn’t signed the tender.

“Dashon is a player that we have coveted over the last couple of seasons, to the extent that we inquired about trading for his services last year,” Dominik said. “He just found out about that a couple days ago that we actually tried to find a way to get this young man onto this football team last year. We always try to find unique and rare instances in free agency when you can add a player of this quality to your football team. We felt Dashon was one of those.”

The Bucs had been monitoring Goldson after the 2011 season, knowing he might become a free agent. When the 49ers franchised him, acquiring him became much more difficult. But it didn’t stop the Bucs from trying.

“We’re always trying to look for avenues to add a player,” Dominik said. “We feel very strongly about Dashon last year on tape. It was prior to the draft, so we still had ammunition. But it all works out for a reason. He played another fantastic season, got himself to the Pro Bowl and got himself to the Super Bowl. And I know he’s got one more goal and that’s our whole team’s goal and I know he’s going to help us get there.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:04pm]


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