A year ago, the 49ers used the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson. In the weeks following San Francisco's Super Bowl loss to Baltimore, Goldson made it known that he didn't want to be franchised again.
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And he wasn't.
Instead, he hit free agency and Wednesday he found a new home in Tampa Bay. His new contract will pay him $41.25 million over five years, with $22 million guaranteed, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
Goldson was a vital cog in the 49ers' second-ranked defense (second against the run, sixth against the pass, according Football Outsiders), and he'll team up with second-year safety Mark Barron in Tampa where the Bucs' pass defense ranked 26th in 2012.
ProFootballFocus.com ranked Goldson as one of their 10 best safeties in pass coverage, a skill that will come in handy against the rest of the NFC South.