Free-agent safety Dashon Goldson has agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a five-year contract, according to Goldson's agent, Ben Dogra.

The Bucs have scheduled a 4 p.m. news conference to announce the signing.

Goldson, a two-time Pro Bowler, arrived in Tampa late Tuesday to meet with the Bucs after the team sent a private jet to California to pick him up.

A starter for the San Francisco 49ers team that reached the Super Bowl last season, Goldson arrived in Tampa late Tuesday and was to spend early Wednesday meeting with Bucs officials and getting a feel for the team's direction.

Dogra said late Tuesday that the Bucs would definitely have to impress Goldson to get his signature on a contract because he "wants to win'' and must feel comfortable "with the direction of the team.''

Reaching out to Goldson was the Bucs' first attempt to repair a pass defense that ranked last in the league in 2012 and fell only 37 yards short of being the worst in NFL history.

Goldson, 28, has 14 career interceptions, including nine the last two season, and 20 pass breakups the past two seasons alone. He is considered the top safety available on the free agency market.

An explosive hitter and run stopper in the box, Goldson is at his best playing the role of the deep ball hawker, which would seem to make him a good fit with safety Mark Barron, the Bucs' first-round draft pick in 2012.

The signing of Goldson, meanwhile, would mean the Bucs have a replacement for free agent Ronde Barber, who moved to safety last season after playing his first 15 seasons at cornerback.