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Dashon Goldson could be next Bucs safety gone

Dashon Goldson, the former 49ers Pro Bowl safety who is in the second season of a 5-year, $41.25-milllion contract, has only $3-million of the $18-million in guarantees owed after 2014. [WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Times]
Dashon Goldson, the former 49ers Pro Bowl safety who is in the second season of a 5-year, $41.25-milllion contract, has only $3-million of the $18-million in guarantees owed after 2014. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
Published Nov. 14, 2014

TAMPA — The Bucs have traded one starting safety and now have begun looking at options to eventually replace Dashon Goldson.

Goldson has one interception in 20 games since joining the Bucs as a free agent before last season. In Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Falcons, Goldson was replaced on numerous passing downs by Bradley McDougald, a second-year pro who was claimed off waivers from the Chiefs last November.

Coach Lovie Smith said Goldson was part of a rotation at safety. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said it was important the Bucs to find playing time for McDougald to evaluate him.

"(McDougald has) done some things to warrant being on the field and taking a look at him," Frazier said. "That's the only way to really get it done. Dashon has done some good things for us, and we think he will this Sunday (against the Redskins) and in the games to come. But we'd be remiss if we didn't take a look at Bradley and see what he's capable of doing."

At the trading deadline, the Bucs dealt starting SS Mark Barron to the Rams for fourth- and sixth-round draft picks in 2015. Barron was the No. 7 overall choice in the 2012 draft.

Goldson, a onetime Pro Bowl safety who is in the second season of a five-year, $41.25 million contract, has only $3 million of the $18 million in guarantees owed after 2014. Given his lack of production and high salary, he could be replaced next year.

The Bucs are tied for 21st in the NFL with six interceptions. Frazier believes McDougald can play either safety position in the future.

ALL HANDS BACK ON DECK: For the first time in a long time, the Bucs had all 53 players on the roster participate in practice Thursday. DT Gerald McCoy (groin) and RB Doug Martin (ankle) were the last players to return to practice. However, both were limited.

"The injury list is cleaning up," Smith said. "Everyone was able to practice at least on a limited basis, which is good. Doug Martin, Alterraun Verner, Anthony Collins were able to go the entire practice."

LOOKING FOR PUNTING HELP: With P Michael Koenen last in the NFL with a 35.2-yard net average, the Bucs added some competition, signing Jacob Schum to the practice squad after a workout Thursday at One Buc Place. Schum had a modest 39.0-yard average as a senior at Buffalo in 2011 but had just one touchback in 61 punts.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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