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Bucs lock up Demar Dotson for four more years

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Demar Dotson emerged last year as the Buccaneers’ starting right tackle, and now the Bucs have shown that they believe he’s going to be a starter for years to come.

Dotson has signed a new four-year contract with the Bucs, the team announced today.

After starting 15 games last season, Dotson triggered an escalator in his contract that raised his 2013 base salary from $1.5 million to $2 million. This new contract means that instead of the 27-year-old Dotson hitting free agency a year from now, he’ll be in Tampa through the 2016 season.

The 6-foot-9, 315-pound Dotson entered the NFL as a raw undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi, having played just one year of college football (on the defensive line) following two years on the basketball team at Southern Miss. But the Bucs liked his potential and were patient in his development, and last season he was a pleasant surprise as a starter. Now the Bucs believe they’ve got their starting right tackle under contract for the next four years.

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4 Responses to “Bucs lock up Demar Dotson for four more years”
  1. tampamac says: Mar 28, 2013 4:56 PM

    Good move. He’s still relatively raw considering most guys in the league played several years of college football, but the natural talent is there. He so far doesn’t make those drive killing penalties that Trueblood seemed to be so adept at. I liked Blood, but those penalties were a little too frequent for someone who’s played as much as him.

  2. bucforever says: Mar 28, 2013 5:04 PM

    Good job . Right tackle all set. What about the corners? Looks like Dominik plans to use the draft to fill those positions too. I hope he gets as lucky as he did with Dotson. The Bucs have to get a pass rush on this year and still be able to defend the long ball!
    GO BUCS!

  3. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 28, 2013 5:17 PM

    Undrafted free agents seem to try harder. Most of them are great teammates and stay out of trouble.

  4. gotampabay52 says: Mar 28, 2013 5:20 PM

    With Goldson whom trains with Wright said he mentor him we will resign him for less draft a cb allows us to pick some other players

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