SANTA CLARA — Free agency is underway in the NFL, and the 49ers' All-Pro safety Dashon Goldson will be making an initial visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to multiple outlets.
The Buccaneers sent a private plane to pick up Goldson from his native California, and they're hoping to reach a long-term agreement by Wednesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Goldson has been seeking long-term security for several years. He played under one-year contracts the past two seasons en route to his first Pro Bowl berths.
Goldson earned AP First-Team All-Pro honors last season under the franchise tag, a designation the 49ers opted not to use on him this year at a would-be cost of $7.45 million.
Goldson isn't the only 49ers defender scouting out his suitors. Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois, the 49ers' top nose tackles, are both planning to visit the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sopoaga, a nine-year veteran, is considering another disclosed team, according to a league source. Jean Francois will visit the Eagles on Wednesday and then perhaps the Indianapolis Colts, according to NFL.com.
Goldson, Sopoaga and wide receiver Randy Moss were the 49ers' only starters who hit free agency. Moss bid farewell to the 49ers on Twitter on March 2.
Tight end Delanie Walker became the first 49er to leave in free agency Tuesday when he landed a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, according to the Tennessean.