Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht faces a very difficult and important decision regarding offensive tackle Demar Dotson. While Dotson continues to stare down a lengthy contract holdout, Jason Licht must decide whether to give in to Dotson's salary demands or stand his ground. However, this decision goes well beyond only what Demar Dotson wants and gets.
Demar Dotson signed his 4-year, $7.5 million contract in March of 2013. Now, just two years later, Dotson is looking for a hefty pay raise.
Jason Licht has to look at this situation through a wide lens. Dotson might have been the Bucs best offensive lineman in 2014, but that is not saying much at all. Dotson is an average right tackle in the NFL. The Buccaneers have invested draft picks in the past two drafts to offensive tackles Kevin Pamphile and Donovan Smith. Neither player may be proven yet, but both have natural talent to be the Bucs' future tackles moving forward.
Allowing an average player to holdout and then giving into that player's demands could ultimately lead to other average players trying to do the same to Licht and the Bucs in the future.
So far, the Bucs and Jason Licht have done the right thing by pulling their multi-year offer to Demar Dotson. The Bucs' policy is that they will not negotiate new contracts with players who are not in attendance. This will dissuade other players on the roster from future holdouts. Another issue is that Dotson is only halfway through his 4-year contract. Jason Licht needs to make it known that if you sign a contract with his team, you must be willing to live up to the terms in that contract without becoming a distraction.
Demar Dotson is not the ultra-talented player a team bends the rules on. Actually, the exact opposite should happen. Dotson might be the perfect player to make an example of and set the proper precedent moving forward so future holdouts and distractions do not happen.
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