PewterReport.com has learned the Buccaneers have extended starting right tackle Demar Dotson's contract through the 2016 season. Dotson was scheduled to become an unrestricted after the 2013 season.
So far the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done little to get fans excited in free agency, other than adding safety Dashon Goldson and a few second tier free agents. But PewterReport.com has learned Tampa Bay has extended one of their own, inking right tackle Demar Dotson – who was scheduled to be a free agent after the upcoming season – to a three-year extension through the 2016 season.
Dotson, who earned just over $1 million in 2012, will earn the same amount in 2013. His base salary will increase to $1.25 million in 2014, $1.5 million in 2015 and $1.75 million in 2016.
The Alexandria, Louisiana native, played his college ball at Southern Mississippi, beginning his career as a basketball player for the Golden Eagles before transitioning football in 2008. Dotson was a defensive lineman, and played in just six games as a senior for Southern Miss.
Tampa Bay signed Dotson as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and converted him to an offensive tackle due to his footwork from basketball and his prototypical offensive lineman size (6-9, 315 pounds).
Dotson didn’t see any regular season action until 2011, serving primarily as a backup to former starter Jeremy Trueblood. During training camp last season, Dotson started training camp as the Buccaneers starting left tackle, subbing for starter Donald Penn who injured himself in the offseason. Penn was able to start the regular season, relegating Dotson back to the bench, before taking over for Trueblood after Week 2.
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