When the Buccaneers drafted offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs in the first round last April, the writing was on the wall for long-time, mainstay right tackle, Demar Dotson.

The former undrafted free agent-turned-starter in Tampa Bay was a man without a team this offseason –until now.

Demar Dotson – Photo by: Getty Images

Dotson agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos on a one-year deal, pending a physical and COVID-19 testing PewterReport.com can confirm. Salary terms have not been revealed.

The Broncos had a desperate need for offensive line help after starter Ja’Wuan James opted out last week due to COVID concerns. Elijah Wilkinson was projected to start in James’ absence, but Dotson should be expected to supplant him if he can pick up the offensive scheme quickly.

Dotson’s career in Tampa Bay began in 2009 with nothing more than the promise of a tryout. The former college basketball player arrived without a pair of cleats and the team didn’t have any size 18 shoes that would fit him. So after cutting out the toes of the largest size pair the team had, Dotson eventually finished his practices in just the tennis shoes he wore to Tampa.

The Louisiana native turned that tryout into an 11-year career with the Buccaneers, becoming a fan – and media – favorite.

Earlier this year Dotson spoke to PewterReport.com about his career and what the future might hold.

Demar Dotson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I’ve been blessed,” Dotson said. “I think I can still play and would if it is the right situation. Maybe as camp gets closer. Maybe even after camp, then a team will need me. But like I said, I am 100 percent content to walk away and head into retirement if that is what the plan is. I never thought I’d be an NFL player, much less have an 11-year career.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Hockey Duckie
11 months ago

Always pulling for Dot! Good luck!!!

11 months ago

Good for the Dot.Hope he makes all he can before having to retire for good. The man played his guts out for the Bucs.

11 months ago

All the best to Dot! I’ll be sure to keep an eye on the Broncos this year and will be rooting for him.

11 months ago

I’m really happy the journey continues for Dot. I always liked his humility, demeanor, and story. Good luck this year with the Broncos!

11 months ago

Good luck Dot. One of my favorite Bucs for a long time.

11 months ago

Lots of respect for the man.

Good luck in the future, 69.

11 months ago

Good for him! Sort of bummed because I always viewed him as a guy we could have signed in a pinch mid year Due to injury/virus and plug and play. Not an option anymore…

11 months ago

I’m happy Dot signed with anybody but us. Great guy, great story, his tank has been running on fumes the last two years. All the best big guy.

11 months ago

Great guy and story. Wish him the best for sure. He played well many years here. Agree though last couple years he shouldn’t been starter. Good luck if they want try run ball on that side.

11 months ago

Surferdudes, I’m sure your backhanded compliment will warm the Dot’s heart. Geeeeeesh. What a jerk.