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Falcons Sign All-Pro Goldson

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Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons signed two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson on a one-year contract. Goldson, known as a big hitter throughout his career, was named a first-team All-Pro at safety after the 2012 season while playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

“He looked good,” Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said of Goldson’s workout with the team Saturday. “He moved around well. He came in at a solid weight. He’s a big guy, who’s rangy. He can move around athletically for a guy that can play both strong and free. Obviously, in our situation, he’s more of a strong safety.”

Goldson was brought in to provide depth at Safety after 2016 first round pick Keanu Neal injured his knee during Thursday’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

“I like his physicality,” said Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn. “Neal is our guy and we told Dashon that as well. He’ll back here shortly. But he did a really good job today. … You can tell, even in a short interaction, what he stands for as a ball player.”

Goldson was released in March by the Washington Redskins. Goldson started 106 of 123 games, made 464 tackles and picked off 16 passes. The two-time Pro-Bowler played six years for the 49ers, left for a five-year, $41.25 million contract from Tampa Bay. However, was traded to the Washington Redskins after two bland seasons for himself and his team.

“Dashon Goldson has been a great leader for us all season long. You can tell he’s been a part of teams that have won and won consistently. He’s been a great personality in our locker room to help from that standpoint, and he’s been a great leader for us.” — Kirk Cousins, Starting Quarterback of the Washington Redskins

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