The Bucs made another move to the offensive line on Thursday by picking up the club option on starting right tackle Demar Dotson, as Rick Stroud first reported.

Dotson will enter his 10th year with the Bucs at the start of the 2019 season. The 33 year-old veteran played in 15 games last year, bouncing back from knee surgery after tearing his meniscus and missing the final five games of the 2017 season.

His base salary will be $3.975 million while also receiving a roster bonus of $750,000. The Bucs have now secured both tackle positions on the offensive line with this move and the re-signing of Donovan Smith on Tuesday.

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  1. I am confused by this move, why pay an aging right tackle who was part of our offensive line problems last year. If all the same guys are back and we arent clearing up any cap space (yet) then what do we expect to be different next year

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    • Im sure the Bucs will eventually make some cap space to sign a few players. When that will occur? Who knows. The Bucs don’t have many players with roster bonuses, which means they can cut contracts as they see fit to add free agents they need.

      D.Jax, McCoy, David, Allen, Anger, Unrein, and Benenoch are all still on the team until they arent.

      Hump and Kwon will test free agency and we will see if the Bucs can/will match offers.

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    • Dotson wasn’t anywhere near as much of a problem last season as Benenoch was.

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  2. Well guys another 5-11 season thanks to Jason Licht making terrible decision with our roster moves.

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    • I’m pretty sure he is getting inputs from Arians and he got an OK from the coaching staff for this move. We have too many holes and little money to fill them in free agency.

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      • None of these moves, with the exception of Curry’s release, came until after the coaches went through the tapes from last season.

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  3. I think its safe to say we are not going to draft to OL in the first round. We should definitely sign one of the many free agent line backers plus Kwon as i’m pretty sure he is not getting the money he asked for with any team and he will settle for a long term deal with the Bucs. Draft should be interesting.

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    • First round will either be DL or ILB, but I can see them going after Lindstrom in the 2nd round or Powers in the 3rd round.

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  4. Some of you need to chill, the offseason is just now getting started and it’s not even close to being the official roster yet.

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    • I think a lot of people are just looking forward to the 2019 regular season to confirm their negativity.

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  5. these better be some damn good new coaches. better be able to teach old dogs new tricks

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  6. When Dot is healthy hes a top 10 RT in the league.

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    • That might be stretching it at age 33.
      I believe it is still a good choice that Dot is on the team. His story and character is worthy and good for this team. Go Bucs!

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  7. I guess they didn’t learn their lesson from hanging on to Grimes a year to long.

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  8. By my estimate the Bucs are spending about $35 mill on four OL who at best were a C minus as a unit last year.
    I know a lot of it had to do with Benno but gee whiz for that kind of money they better get their act together this year.
    I know a lot of people also blame Warhol, but he was snapped up by the Jags before he even had time to collect an unemployment check.
    This line just has to improve for the Bucs offense to be more consistent and successful this year

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  9. It sure seems like Jason Licht is running this show I’m starting to wonder if Arians has any say I can’t imagine Bruce Arians coming here underneath Jason Licht however you never know .
    Last year I watched all the other teams making brilliant moves with the Bucs basically going backwards it seems like the same things happening again this year.

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  10. Friendster CG master an old Chef Bohole you guys are the big Winston fans and your buddy Jason doesn’t seem to be wanting to improve that offensive line you guys blame so much. Your QB is on the slow & fragile side I think you would be the most upset.

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    • You are now obviously just a troll Ass Bob… Just so you Know, we don’t care that you’re not a Bucs fan. Go get off on you’re Troll comments somewhere else.

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      • It wasn’t obvious prior to that comment?

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      • Spitfire this team can’t afford to lose any more fans it’s already at the bottom of the league with fan base due to the clowns that own it and the management of Jason Licht.

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    • I’ve always agreed that coaching brings out real talent and as far as I’m concerned, this team hasn’t had that since Gruden. Unlike you bob, I actually use football sense and let the team actually practice together under a new regime. I do feel honored to know Ive gotten so far under your skin that you feel the need to call me out. It’ll just make you look like an even bigger fool when this ship turns around with COACHING. By the way, when do the Bucs bring in nick foles?

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      • That’s what you and CG Masters have been saying for three years CG Masters and fredster had Jameis Winston the Super Bowl MVP a couple years ago. So when’s this Jason licht train going to head to the playoffs ?

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  11. Why would anyone freak out over this move? If you need to improve your Oline and have no depth you can’t just cut all of your starters and expect to replace them by snapping your fingers. Dotson has been a solid contributor for a long time and at the very least can start until a replacement is found and then serve as quality depth for this year.

    All you Armchair GMs just think we can just dump everyone and bring in other teams cast offs and draft the rest of a full team…

    They will find Dotsons replacement this year which is why we only picked up next years option and he will help groom his replacement, get over it and enjoy when we go 10-6 next year…

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  12. Let’s keep focused here? The problem still is the Defense, not the Offense.
    Yes we should always be striving to improve either side, but we need immediate help on Defense. Right now the need is linebacker and a shutdown cornerback. Rounds 3 or 4 we’ve got to address a running back then an offensive lineman. My opinion has changed as to priorities since the last month.

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  13. Just because he was signed doesn’t mean he makes the 53 man roster. Insurance?

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  14. There were two main issues with the Bucs oline last year.

    The first was named Benenoch. The guy was awful at guard.

    The 2nd was that the team played from behind way too much. A lot of that was due to a terrible defense for most of the season.

    In most games it was the same story. In the first quarter/half, the Bucs running game looked solid and then they would be playing catch-up the rest of the way and the opposing team was just teeing off rushing the passer.

    The Buc absolutely need a new RG, an offense that doesn’t call for the QB to take 5 to 7 step drops every pass play, and most importantly a defense that doesn’t put its offense behind the 8 ball every game.

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  15. This is fine for an offseason move. It is a reasonable price for a starting RT, and is cheaper than any free agent they could sign. Many of these moves are meant to – even by perception – solidify the lineup before the draft. That way, the team is not pigeon holed / forced into drafting a certain position, and the Bucs maintain negotiating leverage for trades with other teams. I am fine with this move, and it certainly does not mean the Bucs are not drafting an OL high in this draft. This prevents the team from showing their hand. Good move.

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  16. Dot is a solid RT when healthy. The price is the going rate. I know, he’s long in tooth. But let’s see how the roster shapes up. The one thing you know about this guy is he’s committed to the team. He’s another bootstraps guys that has made it through hard work. If he stays healthy AND can beat out the competition, this is a good signing.

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  17. This does not guarantee anything. Bucs signed Beau Allen before drafting Vea. Thats why I think Bucs may still go OL early in draft.

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