Bucs sign RT Dotson to four-year deal
Demar Dotson has gone from project to prospect.
Dotson, a former basketball player at Southern Mississippi who played only one year of organized football on the defensive line, signed a four-year contract worth $4.5-million Thursday, the team announced.
Last March, the Bucs signed Dotson to a 2-year, $2.5-million contract as a restricted free agent. The 6-foot-9, 315-pound Dotson wound up taking over the starting right tackle job from Jeremy Trueblood in Week 2 last season.
Under terms of the new contract, Dotson will earn $2-million in 2013, including a $1-million roster bonus. His new deal has base salaries of $1.25-million in 2014, $1.5-million in 2015 and $1.75-million in 2016.
Dotson signed with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and was converted from defensive to offensive tackle.
“He brings incredible work ethic and focus and commitment to get better,’’ Bucs coach Greg Schiano said of Dotson at the NFL owners meetings. “And when you get those two guards back (Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph) back, that makes his life better, too.’’