All offseason long, many fans have tweeted and commented to the Pewter Plank that they wanted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to pursue a new right tackle this offseason. The prevailing thought was that Demar Dotson would probably not be a key part of the long term plans, and that the Buccaneers could possibly use a franchise left tackle to groom and grow to eventually replace Donald Penn.
Scratch those plans, Bucs fans.
Demar Dotson was re-signed today for four more years, NFL.com has announced. The right tackle who was pressed into action in 2012 performed well, and Mark Dominik and his crew and banking on his continued improvement. Dotson is a former undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi who stands 6 feet, 9 inches tall and has all the physical tools needed to be a strong tackle in the NFL. He has appeared in 38 games in his career, but never started on a regular basis until 2012, when he replaced the struggling and overpaid Jeremy Trueblood.
Dotson was on the right side of the offensive line, which was less frequently targeted in the running game. But that’s mainly because he was next to Jamon Meredith, who had a fairly poor season by all accounts. Dotson did well enough in pass blocking, allowing only 26 hurries and 7 sacks, putting him on the same level as most other good right tackles who played 1000+ snaps during the season.
The Buccaneers will likely look to lock up Mike Williams in the coming weeks, as they tread water waiting for the New York Jets to come to reasonable terms on a Darrelle Revis trade.
Depending on the terms of Dotson’s new contract, this could be a very smart deal to lock up a competent right tackle for years to come to complete an offensive line loaded with talented players.