The Buccaneers likely lose a former player to retirement
Before the 2021 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers probably could’ve made room for Dotson on their roster as a depth piece, but that is now totally out of the question. Even as one of the better offensive linemen for the Buccaneers in the 2010s, Dotson could have played his last NFL snaps this past season.
Dotson has been in the league for 11 years, and every single season has been with a bad team. This has never been the sole fault of Dotson, he has generally been a very sound tackle even when going up against some of the better talent, but there have been more holes in his game recently.
With a slight uptick in pressures allowed and penalties, Dotson is probably too old to get another contract with anyone other than his former team, and that already looks extremely unlikely with the recent draft picks and undrafted free agent signings.
Now is probably the perfect time for Dotson to retire before he suffers any more injuries, but there could still be some teams out there that would like a veteran presence to provide depth on their offensive line. Dotson was so consistent for the Buccaneers for so long that it would be nice to see him finally get to make a playoff appearance, but the odds appear long.
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