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Demar Dotson | Tackle

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 315
College: Southern Miss
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Pewter Report reports Bucs RT Demar Dotson will report to next week's minicamp.
Dotson skipped OTAs and had originally planned to skip minicamp, as well, but has had a change of heart. He wants a new contract, and the Bucs have a policy of not negotiating new deals while players are holding out. It's conceivable that Dotson and the Bucs will hammer out the money issues by the end of summer. Jun 12 - 10:23 AM

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The Tampa Bay Times reports the Bucs have pulled their multi-year offer to RT Demar Dotson.

Dotson is skipping OTAs because he's unhappy with his contract, but the Bucs have a policy where they won't negotiate a contract with a player who isn't in attendance. The two sides appear set to play hardball, as Dotson is now refusing to report to voluntary workouts again this week. Dotson has the leverage here thanks to the Bucs' brutal offensive line situation and a rookie quarterback.
Jun 9 - 5:48 PM

Bucs RT Demar Dotson skipped OTA practices this week due to displeasure with his contract.

The sides have been "engaged" in discussions regarding a new deal, but the Tampa Bay Times believes Dotson's absence "could escalate to a prolonged holdout" if no deal is reached. Arguably the Buccaneers' top pass protector up front, Dotson is owed just $2.5 million this season. The facts that the Bucs have a rookie quarterback and are weak on the line give Dotson leverage.
Jun 5 - 3:05 PM

The Bucs will move Demar Dotson back to right tackle after they drafted Donovan Smith.

It's a pretty big surprise. Former basketball player Dotson (6'9/306) is a much better mover than Smith and excels in pass protection. Although Smith (6'6/338) projects as a plus run blocker with ideal tackle dimensions, his on-field skills are more reflective of a right tackle or even guard. It's good news the Bucs now at least have a few capable starting offensive linemen. Time will tell whether they're using those linemen at the right positions to protect Jameis Winston.
May 5 - 1:23 PM

The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings expects the Bucs to move RT Demar Dotson to left tackle.

Dotson is the Bucs' lone capable tackle after last year's free-agent bust Anthony Collins was released last month. A 2009 undrafted free agent and former basketball player, Dotson started all 16 games last season -- 13 at right tackle and three on the left side -- and received positive marks in pass protection. Expect the Bucs to focus on offensive line help early in the draft.
Apr 3 - 12:28 PM

GM Jason Licht says the Bucs are considering giving RT Demar Dotson reps at left tackle in an effort to increase his "versatility."

Licht believes Dotson was the team's best offensive lineman last season. Licht's comments are an obvious indication that he's not overly enamored with current blindside protector Donald Penn. Penn has been solid, but far from spectacular, since signing his six-year, $41.7 million extension in July 2010. That being said, there's no real reason to believe the Bucs are considering a shake up for 2014. Licht is likely looking further ahead. Penn turns 31 in April. Dotson is 28.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 05:19:00 PM

Coach Greg Schiano confirmed Demar Dotson has won the Bucs' right tackle job.

The athletic former basketball player beat out Gabe Carimi, unsurprisingly. Carimi has been tossed around in preseason games and was recently demoted to the third-string offense. Dotson was quietly a strong pass protector as a 2012 starter and earned a new four-year, $7.5 million deal in the offseason.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 05:26:00 PM

The Bucs plan to let Gabe Carimi battle for a job "on the right side of the line."

Right guard Davin Joseph is coming back from a severe knee injury. While his job isn't likely in danger, RT Demar Dotson's quite possibly may be. A former basketball player, Dotson signed a four-year, $7.5 million contract in March, which hardly locks him into a starting job. We still expect Carimi to be a backup.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 09:56:00 PM

Bucs re-signed RT Demar Dotson to a four-year, $7.5 million contract.

The Tampa Bay Times oddly pushed Dotson's new contract as a "four-year, $4.75 million" deal even though it's for $7.5 million. Dotson, 27, replaced turnstile Jeremy Trueblood in Week 2 last season and never looked back, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 13 right tackle. A former basketball player still learning the position, 6-foot-9, 315-pound Dotson has work to do in terms of run blocking and avoiding penalties, but he's already a strong pass protector. Dotson should only get better with more experience.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Bucs RT Demar Dotson triggered an escalator in his contract, raising his 2013 salary from $1.5 million to $2 million.

Dotson started just two games in his first two seasons in the league, but in 2012, he supplanted Jeremy Trueblood as Tampa's starting right tackle. At 6-foot-9 and 315 pounds, Dotson has proven to be an above-average pass blocker. He's entering the final year of his two-year pact.
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 02:00:00 AM

Demar Dotson has supplanted Jeremy Trueblood as the Bucs' starting right tackle.

Trueblood missed Sunday's loss with an ankle injury, but has apparently been permanently benched. Trueblood agreed to a pay-cut in camp, and graded out as one of the worst right tackles in the league by Pro Football Focus last season. It's the second time in three seasons he's been benched. A fourth-year pro, Dotson had made only two career starts before Sunday.
Tue, Sep 18, 2012 08:40:00 PM

Bucs re-signed restricted free agent OT Demar Dotson to a two-year contract.

A college basketball player who stands in at a towering 6-foot-9, 315, Dotson appeared in 13 games last season, making two starts. LT Donald Penn and RT Jeremy Trueblood have the Bucs' starting tackle jobs locked down, but the 26-year-old Dotson should serve as their top reserve.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 05:28:00 PM

Buccaneers extended an original pick tender to restricted free agent OT Demar Dotson.

Bucs coaches have been high on Dotson's athletic ability as a former Southern Miss basketball player who stands 6-foot-9, 315. The 26-year-old held his own in 13 appearances with two starts last year, one as a jumbo tight end and another at right tackle. Pro Football Focus credited Dotson with zero sacks allowed and graded him positively as a run blocker. He may be the Bucs' top swing tackle this year behind LT Donald Penn and RT Jeremy Trueblood.
Wed, Mar 7, 2012 05:16:00 PM

Bucs placed OT Demar Dotson (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Dotson sustained a knee injury in the preseason finale that will take 3-4 months to recover from. The former Southern Miss basketball player is considered a developmental project. The Bucs tried to spin him as a starting left tackle during Donald Penn's holdout, but that was never under serious consideration.
Sat, Sep 4, 2010 06:00:00 PM

With Donald Penn sitting out OTA/minicamp season, Demar Dotson has taken reps as the Bucs' first-string left tackle.

An undrafted, 6-foot-9, 315-pound former Southern Miss basketball player, Dotson is extremely raw. And he knows it. "I'm not saying I'm a good left tackle," Dotson said. "I don't even know if I'm a starting left tackle or not at this moment. If you ask me, I'm not." Obviously more comfortable on the bench, Dotson conceded that he hopes Penn resumes practicing soon.
Mon, Jun 21, 2010 03:18:00 PM