The stalemate between the Buccaneers and offensive tackle Demar Dotson appears to be coming to an end as PewterReport.com is reporting the veteran lineman will report to mini-camp next week. Dotson has been absent from OTAs due to a contract dispute.
PewterReport.com is reporting that Tampa Bay right tackle Demar Dotson has changed his mind and will report for the team’s mandatory mini-camp next week after his camp told PewterReport.com that he would hold out. I understand the reason why Dotson held out of offseason OTAs and why he planned on missing mini-camp next week, as first reported by PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook on Tuesday. Dotson is 29 years old, is underpaid and has two years left on his deal.
While Dotson may be viewed as being underpaid, he also didn’t perform well enough to warrant his demands for a new deal. Dotson was second in the league in 2014 for most penalties (14) called on an offensive lineman. He also had direct involvement or allowed a third of the team’s sacks last season, leading the team in that negative category.
I learned the offer to Dotson that the team pulled off the table was a generous bump in pay. If you account for others ahead of Dotson on the pay scale you have to ask yourself if he is better than his peers (Doug Free, Bryan Bulaga, Derek Newton, etc.). They get paid anywhere from $1-million to $2-million dollars more than Dotson.
As BucsBlitz.com’s Justin Pawlowski wrote on Thursday, a move like this can set an important precedent for general manager Jason Licht and the team. This can cause (average?) players in the future to be absent from workouts just to get a better deal.
Linebacker Lavonte David, who is an All-Pro, is in the last year of his contract and hasn’t missed a practice. David is approaching the matter the right way.
We’ll have to wait and see how the situation between the Bucs and Dotson develops.
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