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Bucs tackle Gosder Cherilus not seeking another contract

Published Mar. 15, 2017

Bucs tackle Gosder Cherilus hasn't formally decided to retire, but the 32-year-old veteran is not seeking a new contract this spring in free agency.

Cherilus is not filing formal retirement paperwork with the NFL, but may have played his last football after 132 games and nine seasons.

Cherilus spent his last two seasons with the Bucs, signed in August 2015 after Demar Dotson suffered a knee injury in preseason. Cherilus started 13 games at right tackle that season, but with Dotson healthy, worked primarily as a "jumbo" tight end on six-man line until he got three starts late in the season after Dotson suffered a concussion. He earned $4.5-million last season and was an unrestricted free agent this spring.

A former first-round pick out of Boston College, where he blocked for Matt Ryan, Cherilus spent his first five seasons with the Lions and then two with the Colts before joining the Bucs. He had been the most experienced member of the Bucs' offensive line after the retirement of Logan Mankins, a status that now falls on Dotson, who is 31 with 65 career starts.


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