Goldson visits 49ers; now plays against former team
The Sports Xchange
NFL Team Report - San Francisco 49ers - INSIDE SLANT
The San Francisco 49ers had a surprise visitor at their Santa Clara, Calif., facility in late November when Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson made his way through the building.
Goldson, facing a suspension for a hit on Falcons receiver Roddy White, decided to pay a visit to the team he spent the first six years of his career with.
"I've never seen that before, a player stopping by like that," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "But, it was cool, it was natural. People were glad to see him and he was glad to see guys. Had a chance to see him, give him a hug and talk for a little bit. So, it wasn't a big deal."
It was a very non-Harbaugh answer in that secrecy is taken seriously, especially in dealing with players that are no longer "trusted agents."
No reason for concern that he was doing recon work, Coach?
"Sure that'd be a natural reaction, but it just didn't play out that way," Harbaugh said. "It's just saying, 'Hey, Dashon's here. Hey, I'm going to go say hello to Dashon.' That's the way it took place."
Goldson was selected to a pair of Pro Bowls and named All-Pro during his tenure in San Francisco before chasing the money to Tampa Bay. His contract is a reported $41.5 million and he will collect $9 million this year.
San Francisco wasn't willing to match and opted to replace him through the draft. That player ended up being Eric Reid out of LSU, a player Harbaugh tried to recruit to Stanford, and Reid has turned into one of the top defensive rookies in the NFL.
Goldson will play against the 49ers for the first time Sunday when San Francisco travels to Tampa and quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who called Goldson a good friend, will be wary of where he's at.
"(Goldson's) a great player, does a lot of great things," Kaepernick said. "Has a lot of range on the back end."
The Bucaneers are in the process of trying to save coach Greg Schiano's job. After losing their first eight games of the season, the Bucs have won four of five.
SERIES HISTORY: 21st regular-season meeting. 49ers lead series, 16-4. The 49ers haven't won in Tampa since 1993, when they won 45-21. Since then, Tampa has won three-straight at home.
NFL Team Report - San Francisco 49ers - NOTES, QUOTES
--San Francisco can qualify for the playoffs for a third consecutive season on Sunday if things fall into place as follows: 49ers win against Tampa Bay, Tennessee beats Arizona and either Dallas or Philadelphia loses.
--With the apparent resignation of Texas coach Mack Brown on the horizon, some reports have indicated Texas would be interested in bring Jim Harbaugh to Austin. The coach wanted no part of that discussion Wednesday.
"I don't ever talk about any jobs other than the one I have," he said.