As safety Dashon Goldson landed his long-term deal with Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the 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.
“We are very pleased to add Glenn to our team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “Glenn brings great versatility to our defensive front, and we look forward to his contributions on the field and in the community.”
Dorsey was a regular starter for the Chiefs in his first four NFL seasons, then played in only four games last year as he was limited by a left calf injury sustained in a September practice. It eventually landed him on season-ending injured reserve in November, and the former first-round draft pick finished the season with seven tackles and no sacks.
He is ready for a fresh start out West — with a Super Bowl team, no less.
“I really look forward to the opportunity,” Dorsey said. “I got the call from my agent and I hopped on a plane first thing.”
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 Raiders.
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.
Meanwhile in Kansas City, the Chiefs introduced former 49er Alex Smith as their new quarterback.
“There was no doubt in my mind this is where I wanted to be,” Smith said. “It wasn’t even close.”
Smith had turned around his career the past two years in San Francisco, but lost his job to Colin Kaepernick when he sustained a concussion.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid made it clear that Smith will be the starter in Kansas City.