Safety Woodson meets with 49ers, Dorsey signs Print
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 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - As safety Dashon Goldson landed his long-term deal with Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers were already preparing to move forward without him.
Free agent defensive back Charles Woodson had a meeting with the NFC champion Niners in the Bay Area on Wednesday, according to his agent, Carl Poston.
Also Wednesday, former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Glenn Dorsey signed a two-year contract after meeting with the Niners. The deal could pay Dorsey up to $7 million with incentives, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms weren't announced.
``We are very pleased to add Glenn to our team,'' 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said.
The 36-year-old Woodson, released by the Green Bay Packers in a salary-cutting move on Feb. 15 with two years remaining on his contract, has one important thing in common with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh: They're both former Michigan stars.
Woodson - an accomplished cornerback and safety - is plenty familiar with Northern California, too. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, who selected him No. 4 overall in the 1998 draft. Woodson has expressed that he hopes to play for a Super Bowl contender at this stage in his career.
A 15-year NFL veteran and the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner, Woodson missed nine games during the regular season for Green Bay because of a broken right collarbone. But if he stays healthy, his ball-hawking defense could be a strong fit in a San Francisco secondary featuring Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers- even at Woodson's age.
Woodson, an eight-time Pro Bowler, won 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors and was the 1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Goldson signed a $41.25 million, five-year deal that includes $22 million in guaranteed money, a person with knowledge of the contract told the AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Bucs didn't announce terms of the contract. Goldson is due to earn $8.25 million per season.
Goldson was vocal about how he didn't want to stay with the 49ers on a one-year deal after playing each of the past two seasons on such short commitments. While Harbaugh said two days after the 34-31 Super Bowl loss to Baltimore that keeping Goldson long-term was expected to be a high priority this offseason, that no longer seems to be the thinking of the franchise as it looks to build on last season's run to the title game.
A year ago, Baalke retained all 11 defensive starters as San Francisco defended its NFC West crown and took a bigger step by reaching the team's first Super Bowl in 18 years.
Now, Baalke is working to build a team to get back there and win the sixth Lombardi Trophy in team history. Among his other priorities this offseason is finding a backup quarterback to Colin Kaepernick after 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick Alex Smith was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday at the start of the league's free agency period.
 

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