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March 13, 2013
First impression: Glenn Dorsey loves the energy level in Santa Clara


The 49ers didn't roll out the red carpet for Glenn Dorsey. They sent defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to pick him up at the airport.

And that was plenty.

"He's got a lot of energy, man," said Dorsey, a free-agent defensive lineman who signed a two-year deal with the 49ers Wednesday that's worth as much as $7 million. "He picked me up from the airport last night and he was talking 100 miles per hour. And I was ready, man. He took me to the facility last night and we talked about a lot of stuff. And he knows a lot. I'm excited to get the opportunity to work with him."

Dorsey, 27, is expected to step in at nose tackle after the 49ers lost their starter from the last two seasons, Isaac Sopoaga, to the Eagles on Tuesday. Another 49ers free-agent lineman, Ricky Jean Francois, wrapped up his own visit with the Eagles Wednesday and will meet with the Colts today, his agent said.

Dorsey (6-1, 297) was the fifth overall draft pick in 2008, and his five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs did not produce many accolades. He has only four sacks over that span, and he missed most of the 2012 season with a calf injury. Still, he didn't see himself as a disappointment, and he sounded eager to join a winning club like the 49ers.

"People are going to say what they're going to say," he said. "The only thing I can control is -- I have a new opportunity to work hard and compete at a high level."

On the opposite side of the country, safety Dashon Goldson officially became a former 49er when he signed a five-year contract with the Buccaneers. Two years ago, Goldson was frustrated when the 49ers - and every other team - refused to give him the $8 million a year contract he was seeking.

On Wednesday, he surpassed that goal, inking a deal worth $41.25 million overall and $22 million guaranteed. "Hard work really pays off," said Goldson at his introductory press conference while trying to hold back tears. "I remember signing up for football and hiding it from my mom. And now I'm sitting up here fortunate enough to be able to provide for my family and do the thing I love to do."

The 49ers brought in Goldson's possible replacement, former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson, for a visit, but as of Wednesday evening no deal was imminent. Another free-agent safety, LaRon Landry, was scheduled to visit the 49ers Thursday.

Dorsey, meanwhile, kept coming back to energy and enthusiasm as reasons why he was eager to join the 49ers. "Just the way they play, their passion for the game and the success they had," he said. "Everybody can see they have a winning formula."

He said he met with the mile-a-minute Tomsula, head coach Jim Harbaugh and bumped into linemate Justin Smith, who is recovering from triceps surgery.

"It's a positive atmosphere," Dorsey said. "Everybody is working hard and talking to each other. And you can feel it when you walk into the building. It's like a big family. Everybody is high fiving each other, talking to each other -- it's a different environment than what I'm used to. I'm excited about it and I'm excited to get going."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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