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Bucs sign RT Dotson to four-year deal

Posted Mar 28, 2013 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 28, 2013 at 04:08 PM

Tribune Staff

TAMPA – The Buccaneers have spent five years patiently tending to the development of right tackle Demar Dotson. Now it appears they believe Dotson has developed into a keeper.

A former basketball player who didn’t start playing football until he became a defensive lineman during his senior year at Southern Mississippi, the Bucs starting right tackle the last 15 games last year has been given a four-year, $4.5 million contract extension that runs through the 2016 season.

The deal calls for Dotson’s projected $2 million salary for the 2013 season to be spit into a $1 million salary and $1 million roster bonus and for Dotson to receive base salaries of $1.25 million in 2014, $1.5 million in 2015 and $1.75 million in 2016.

This marks the second time in the last year that the Bucs have extended Dotson’s contract, having signed him last March to a two-year, $2.5 million extension.

The 6-foot-9, 315-pound Dotson first came to the Bucs as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He was immediately moved to offensive tackle and he has steadily gained playing time since, emerging as the Bucs starter at right tackle after Week One of last year.

“He brings incredible work ethic and focus and commitment to get better,’’ Bucs coach Greg Schiano said of Dotson during the recent NFL owners meetings. “And when you get those two guards back (Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph) back, that makes his life better, too.’’

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