The Buccaneers have signed right tackle Demar Dotson to a three-year extension that will him an average of $6 million per year.
“Throughout his time as a Buccaneer, Demar has consistently shown improvement in every facet of his game,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “It is especially gratifying when you can see a player develop within your own organization and then reward him for that hard work. Since arriving here as a college free agent in 2009, Demar has worked extremely hard and developed into one of the top offensive tackles in the league. He will continue to play a key role on our offensive line for years to come.”
Dotson has been a solid piece in the Bucs' offensive line prior to and after an MCL tear from last year's preseason, and his experience as a veteran is likely something that factored into the team's decision to resign him. He has been with Tampa since 2009, and was acquired in free agency that year.
The leadership Dotson has provided and will continue to show for younger offensive line players like Ali Marpet, Caleb Benenoch and Donovan Smith is another plus in his resigning. Dotson's takeover of the Bucs' starting right tackle position also leaves Gosder Cherilus behind him as a second stringer. Ultimately, the signing ensures Buccaneer depth at right tackle remains preserved for the foreseeable future.