Disgruntled Bucs’ lineman Demar Dotson has been absent from Bucs OTAs and will continue to be until he gets a deal he likes. The latest is that the Bucs apparently had an offer on the table but have decided to pull it back.
As Tampa Bay Times’ Greg Auman reports, both sides are at an impasse.
The Bucs have in turn withdrawn a multi-year offer for a raise and extension to his existing contract, citing a policy of not negotiating with players while they are absent from team activities. If Dotson's absence extends to next week's three-day mandatory minicamp, he faces potential fines as well.
Dotson -- who feels he deserves better deal than the one he signed in 2013 -- will be wise to start showing up for practices. The team has rarely negotiated with players who are away from the team facility and this situation is no different.
The 29-year-old lineman was thought of to take over at left tackle this offseason. That could very well have triggered his idea of asking for more money, respectively. However, the team has given lots of looks at left tackle to rookie Donovan Smith and if Dotson plans on holding out, then he can in turn be phased out of the position just as fast.
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