The first offseason under new General Manager Scot McCloughan has been the exact opposite of how Washington operated in the past decade. Instead of backing up Brinks trucks for the biggest names on the market, the Redskins have taken a much more sensible approach and that continued today with the acquisition of Dashon Goldson. Tampa Bay traded Goldson and a seventh round pick to Washington earlier for a sixth round pick, definitely low risk, high reward on Washington’s end.
While Goldson didn’t star in his role for the Buccaneers, he was a former Pro Bowl safety during his time with the 49ers. Like Ricky-Jean Francois, there is history there with Scot. Goldson was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 draft by the the 49ers GM McCloughan.
After that Pro Bowl season, Goldson’s asking price was too high for San Francisco and he signed with the Buccaneers via free agency two seasons ago. There’s not much reason to watch any tape of his time in Tampa Bay as the Bucs are a bit of a dumpster fire and still haven’t quite figured out if they are pointed in the right direction or not as evidenced by them having the number one overall pick in this year’s draft.
The tape to watch would be 2012 when he was a member of the 49ers, he was paired with Donte Whitner. Both of them made the Pro Bowl that season. Goldon has better range of the two and is just as violent a hitter as Whitner. Sometimes to a fault, he would draw penalties at times for late hits or sometimes for just dishing out a big hit. In back to back seasons (2011, 2012), the ‘hawk’ as he likes to be called, picked off nine passes while tallying 153 tackles.
While it’s very early in the 2015 season, the draft hasn’t happened yet. It’s not out of line to assume that Goldson and Jeron Johnson could be Washington’s starting safeties this season. Both spending years with teams with winning cultures, something Washington hasn’t had too much experience with recently. Their speed and natural disposition will be evident once the teams put on pads. That could mean Bashaud Breeland and Chris Culliver could be the boundary corners, that gives Washington a totally different feel on the back end. Not to mention a reunion of Goldson and Culliver, that definitely can’t hurt.
It seems that McCloughan is close to fielding the fifth NFC West defense in the league, only it’ll be on the east coast.