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Bucs safety Dashon Goldson gears up to stop former 49ers team after getting long-term deal

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) tries to get a hand onto the ball as he is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) during the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) tries to get a hand onto the ball as he is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) during the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)  (The Associated Press)

Dashon Goldson has gone from winning on a one-year deal with San Francisco to that multiyear contract he long coveted, across the country with the losing Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A tough tradeoff at times, indeed. Yet the veteran safety believes the Bucs can build their young team into a contender much the way the 49ers have recently, capped by last season's return to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years.

When the 49ers (9-4) take the field in Tampa on Sunday, they will see that familiar face and hard-hitting defender in the Bucs secondary. Goldson is determined to do his best to disrupt Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree in the passing game.

Goldson landed a $41.25 million, five-year contract during free agency last March.

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