Trade for Tampa Bay: Goldson topped my list of cap casualty candidates for the Buccaneers. In fact, I was confused why he wasn’t cut earlier in the off-season, a move that would have saved the Buccaneers 4 million in cash and cap space. The Buccaneers signed Goldson to a 5-year, 41.25 million dollar contract 2 off-seasons ago and he proceeded to be one of the worst safeties in the game over the past 2 seasons. Goldson was Pro Football Focus’ 81st ranked safety out of 86 eligible in 2013 and their 87th ranked safety out of 88 eligible in 2014. He was better before signing that deal, back when he was in San Francisco, grading out 20th in 2012, but that’s still one of only two seasons in his career that he’s graded out above average.
Turns out there was a reason why the Buccaneers didn’t cut him earlier in the off-season. They thought they could get something for him and it turns out they could have. The compensation they get in this trade, a swap of their 7th round pick in 2016 for a 6th round pick that same year, is miniscule, but I still credit them for getting something for a guy who should not be on anyone’s roster at a 4 million dollar salary (the Buccaneers will pay the guaranteed portion of his salary, 4 million, as the terms of this trade).
Trade for Washington: While I think this was a great move for the Buccaneers, I think it’s the exact opposite for the Redskins. The Redskins had a serious need at the safety position, but that doesn’t mean they have to go out and pay 4 million and give up something in next year’s draft for a year of Dashon Goldson (he’ll be owed 8 million non-guaranteed in 2016). If the Redskins had signed Goldson to a 1-year, 4 million dollar deal, I wouldn’t have given it a good grade either. This is the same thing. Goldson simply isn’t a starting caliber player in the NFL anymore, especially going into his age 31 season.