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When it came down to it, Dashon Goldson didn't feel the love from the San Francisco 49ers, something that can't be said about his relationship with his new team -- the Tampa Bay Bucaneers.

After being whisked away to Tampa on a private jet, Goldson signed a reported five-year, $41.25 million contract that includes $22 million guaranteed.

It's the type of deal Goldson has sought since being named to the Pro Bowl following the 2011 season and falls in line with what coach Jim Harbaugh implied he should get shortly after the Super Bowl.

"He's somebody that I think you reward," Harbaugh said. "... You know he's out there and opposing offenses know that he's out there. He tackles and does everything that you'd want a safety to do. I feel like you reward those type of people. Who do you reward if you don't reward those type of people?"

Fair question.

The 49ers did not even offer Goldson a contract when it was apparent they were too far apart. To his pleasure, the team elected not to place the franchise tag on Goldson for a second straight year, "I was very thankful I didn't get the franchise tag again, just so I could see my opportunities out there," Goldson added. "I think this is the correct fit. I really truly believe that. It was time to go somewhere that really, really wanted me."

With a vacant spot next to Donte Whitner, the 49ers have been linked to various veteran safeties including Charles Woodson, Ed Reed, Louis Delmas and LaRon Landry. Landry ended up signing a four-year deal with the Colts.

If the 49ers do not end up with a safety through free agency, C.J. Spillman figures to be the next man up on the roster. The position also likely will be addressed through the draft.

Goldson didn't take his decision to sign with Tampa lightly.

"I did some research and sat with my agent, trying to figure out where was the correct fit for my style of play, my mindset. Tampa came on my radar," Goldson said.

He was one of two longtime 49ers to sign with NFC teams during the first week of free agency as Isaac Sopoaga joined the Philadelphia Eagles after nine years with the 49ers.

To replace Sopaga, who the 49ers had little interest bringing back, the team signed former top-10 pick Glenn Dorsey to a two-year deal worth as much as $7 million.

"We are very pleased to add Glenn to our team," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "Glenn brings great versatility to our defensive front, and we look forward to his contributions on the field and in the community."

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