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Goldson Adds Leadership To Redskins' Secondary

The Redskins on Friday formally announced the acquisition of two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson in a trade with the Buccaneers.

When he signed with the Buccaneers prior to the 2013 season, Dashon Goldson knew he'd have to take on a major leadership role in a young Tampa Bay secondary.

Now, two years later, the two-time Pro Bowler will take on a similar role with the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins on Friday formally announced the acquisition of Goldson in a trade with the Buccaneers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Goldson, a first-team All Pro selection in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers, is an eight-year veteran with 499 tackles, three sacks, 43 passes defensed, 15 interceptions, six forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown to his credit.

He'll be looked upon to be the leader of a Redskins safety unit that is losing both of its starters from the 2014 season in Ryan Clark (retirement) and Brandon Meriweather (unrestricted free agent).

Goldson told in 2013 that adding leadership qualities is "something that's been in me since I was young."

"I was always a motivating guy," he said. "I was always looking at myself as a guy who would try to lead out there.  I know it's a young crowd that we have here, and I just want to help out and share my experiences with some of them, just show the work I've got."

The Washington Redskins on Friday, April 3, 2015, announced the acquisition of safety Dashon Goldson. Here's a gallery of images from his career.

Goldson, a Washington product, said he encourages the younger members of the secondary to always come at him with questions.

"It's always OK to come out here and ask questions, especially of me," Goldson said. "I just want to shine a little light on things.  I've played in the postseason now, I've been a part of good teams and bad teams, but I have a lot of experience in a lot of areas."

Communication, Goldson said, is a key trait for any safety. If they make sure they communicate effectively in practice, then it should carry over to the game.

"A lot of breakdowns happen for lack of communication in the secondary," he said. "There's so much that goes on the football field, in a football game, and communication is one. You need to be on the same page, of course, and that gives you the ability to play fast. Knowing what you're doing –preparation – is key."

Goldson will get his first opportunity to meet most of his Redskins teammates April 20, when the team holds its first day of voluntary workouts at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va.




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