The average career length of NFL player is three years, so remaining in the league until at least age 30 is an accomplishment in itself. Playing in a starting role and considered to be one of the best in your age group is another accolade.
That’s where Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson finds himself now after Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit constructed the NFL’s all over age 30 team, and slotted Dotson as the starter.
Benoit has Dotson paired along with the Rams’ Andre Whitworth over on the left side of the line. At 33 years of age, Dotson is tied for the fourth oldest player amongst the starters. Here was Benoit’s assessment of both Dotson and Whitworth.
“Whitworth is a master technician as long as he wins off the snap, which is most of the time. He can also move back to his old right tackle position if need be, which is how we can get away with our backup, Castonzo, being purely a left tackle. Dotson is solid enough to block most defensive ends on an island, allowing us to get all five receivers out in routes.”
Dotson is the longest tenured Buccaneer on the current roster, spending 11 years in Tampa Bay going into this season. He’s started in 91 games in that time, while playing in a total of 115. Dotson will be going into a contract year this season.