Bucs lock up OT Demar Dotson with 4-year extension
The fourth-year pro Demar Dotson was a key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line, which tied for the league’s third-lowest sacks allowed in 2012; while coming off as a solid pass protector, helping quarterback Josh Freeman set franchise records in passing yards (4,065) and passing touchdowns (27). Demar Dotson was aided Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, who ranked second in franchise history with 1,454 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
However, coming into the 2012 season, Demar Dotson was in starting completion with offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood. Demar Dotson ended up beating the veteran for the job in Week 2 and started 15 games at right tackle last season while leading from the front for a Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense that ranked ninth over in the league.
Following a solid 2012 season, Demar Dotson has quickly emerged as an example of raw talent who developed into a legitimate NFL starting right tackle last season. The Southern Mississippi product Demar Dotson has only one college football season under his belt, after spending the first two years on the basketball team. But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw potential in Demar Dotson and were patient with his development. And now the move has paid off for both sides.
Due to his emergence as a starter, Demar Dotson triggered an escalator in his contract that bumped his $1.5 million base salary in 2013 to $2 million. Demar Dotson would previously been hitting free agency after completing the last year of his contract in 2013. But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secured their future at starting right tackle by signing the 27-year-old Demar Dotson’s contract through the 2016 season.