Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/17/13
The San Francisco 49ers filled a big void in their secondary left by the departure of Dashon Goldson. The NFC champion 49ers signed safety Craig Dahl to a three-year contract, finding a replacement after Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay earlier in the week.San Francisco's front office hosted a handful of defensive backs for meetings this week, including veteran free agent Charles Woodson."We are pleased to announce the signing of Craig," general manager Trent Baalke said. "He is an experienced veteran with excellent intangibles, who has working knowledge of the NFC West."Goldson spent the past two seasons on one-year contracts -- on the franchise tag of $6.2 million last year -- for the 49ers and sought a long-term deal. He signed a $41.25 million, five-year contract with the Buccaneers, even after 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said re-signing Goldson was a top priority.San Francisco lost 34-31 in the Super Bowl to Baltimore and is trying to build a team to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy.Dahl said he had discussions with the Rams, but considered the visit to San Francisco so positive he wanted to sign as soon as he could "to get things rolling." He is eager to play in a secondary with hard-hitting safety Donte Whitner and the others."We were in negotiations and ultimately I came down here and felt the love reciprocated and the need for the safety position," he said. "I felt it was a good fit and a good time here."The series between the 49ers and Seahakws just went another notch up!
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