Is Demar Dotson Really The Bucs’ Starting RT?

March 29th, 2013

demar dotson

Many Bucs fans, Joe included, thought perhaps the Bucs would dabble in free agency, or maybe in the middle rounds of next month’s draft, to grab a right tackle to either replace or push incumbent Demar Dotson.

The former basketball player became the Bucs starter early last season when then starter Jeremy Trueblood was benched. Dotson played OK but nothing that would make people forget Jonathan Ogden.

Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik signed Dotson to an extension, which could lock him up as a starter, but Steve White isn’t a believer. The former Bucs defensive end looked behind the numbers and is not convinced Dotson will start for the Bucs.

@sgw94: Finally saw the terms of Dotson’s extension. Uhmmm unless he definitely goes back to being a back up he got robbed! … I honestly don’t know why he would sign that deal unless they threatened to release him. … Great backup money but cheap starter $.

Well now, that explains a lot. Look, Joe doesn’t believe just because Dominik has a lot of cash under the cap to spend he should go drunken sailor just for the hell of it. He still has to answer to Team Glazer how he spends their cash.

So if Dotson truly is being paid backup money, perhaps Dominik is still sniffing for another right tackle, as Joe referenced this morning?

18 Responses to “Is Demar Dotson Really The Bucs’ Starting RT?”

  1. Legarrettes Blunt Says:

    Maybe this means the Bucs still are planning to develop Dotson in practice to take over the LT job for Penn. I also think this means they think one of the good tackles will fall to them at 13. Then we could trade back into a first round and take a corner that falls. If the Revis deal works out, and thats a big if for now, then that plan works pretty well if you ask me. Then all we would need to do is sign a DT and draft a fast WR in the late rounds. We need a Game Changer

  2. robert Says:

    what a bunch of crap from steve white…and rude @ that!

    he’s not paid starter because he would not get more anywhere else. it’s not hey the starter gets X amount. it’s what the market dictates for ones experience. if he blows up and turns into a stud he’ll get more. till then he gets this, which is fair considering his experience and a committment from the team saying hey, we want….now prove it

  3. stevek Says:

    This kid went from NCAA Division I AA basketball, to making millions of dollars in the NFL.

    Sheeeeeeeeeeeit, this is a great deal for all involved. If big #69 outplays his contract then we can work a new one.

  4. stevek Says:

    Dotson has developed nicely, and will continue to do so.

    It only makes sense to want to keep these guys for the next few years, so we have 1st dibs on the final product (well developed player).

    I heard echoes a while back about, “Antonio Gates was good friend’s with a Buc, during Gruden’s tenure, but Jon Gruden wasn’t interested…. WHOOOPS!

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    @Robert – Well Said! I don’t think anyone has a right to comment on anyone’s salary choices in any industries.

    I like Dotson’s story love to see people focus on the positives

  6. Vern4499 Says:


    You don’t think Nyone should talk about others salaries?

    That’s what everyone has been talking about since fee agency began. That’s what it’s all about. If this team overpaid someone or not. Don’t want to hear people talk about saleries? You are definitley in the wrong place. I personally believe Stephen White does a great job of breaking down a player amd giving player analysis.

  7. mark2001 Says:

    All this hype about one backup, excuse me, three backups and one starter in FA. Every day that goes bye, just makes me think that this is all a smoke screen and the Glazers don’t really have any intention of building this team quickly and spending close to the cap. These last few weeks, plus the wasted years with bargain basement priced Rah at the helm just all aims in the same direction. I hope I’m wrong.

  8. kh Says:

    Who is hyping this you moron?

  9. DjoshFreeman Says:


    You seriously brought up gates and Jon gruden? Hello, it’s 2013.gruden won us our only Super Bowl.he took a talented team that dungy put together Nd lit a fire under their ass…we also drafted Bo Jackson but he didnt wanna play for us cuz culverhaus screwed him over.lets live in the present, and the present is promising.

    No chance we use the 13th pick on a lineman unless its fluker.our o line isn’t the problem! So happy for Dotson but its not like signing him to an extension changed our team

  10. DjoshFreeman Says:


    Dont worry…You are wrong

  11. Fritz50 Says:

    “I also think this means they think one of the good tackles will fall to them at 13. ”

    Let’s see, Dominick has never drafted O linemen first round, but he’s gonna start ’cause you don’t like Dotson? He might do it someday , but I don’t think there’s anyone in this draft class that’s gonna make him change his mind. There’s no future J. Ogden out there, good players, yes, but no sure superstars, IMO.

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    @Vern4499 – I get your point and you are correct. I was trying to make the point that everyone has their own personal reasons for accepting an offer. Which clearly I did not convey.

  13. mark2001 Says:

    KH…do you read more than one or two message boards?

    The extension of Dotson, and signing away Crabtree from the Packers at a relatively small contract amount are getting a great deal of play on all TB websites. They are basically depth on a good team or second tier starters on a poor one. That is because you can only cover so many angles of Goldson, and then there is basically nothing worth substantial notice. Don’t get me wrong…not knocking Joe… you can only talk so much about the draft.

  14. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    Outside of kickers and punters, Dom doesn’t overpay for back ups.

    Translation: Dotson is a starter.

    Dom would rather pay 450k for a backup.

  15. lightningbuc Says:

    Man, this Dominik guy sure is crafty. Hard to believe the Bucs are 24-40 with him as GM. I know, I know. Cue the Guns N Roses “Patience”.

  16. Capt. Tim Says:

    Lightningbuc- lol!

    Dom is the greatest GM in the league- and has a plan to rule the Football world! Just ask some of these posters- Dom is a giant among men

    They just can’t explain why the team sucks, and is always in last place!!

    They pretty much ignore that fact- and say its part of the “plan”

  17. mark2001 Says:

    238…I guess that Starter/ Backup is in the eye of the beholder.

    The Packers offered Crabtree little more than the minimum for one year. We gave him slighly more for two. The Packers obviously don’t consider him a starter….do we?

  18. stevek Says:

    Did we do anything in Free Agency at Corner back to replace the void of last year’s best Buc CB, EJ Biggers?

    Good thing we have Myron Lewis in the Wings.

    The most impressive thing about Mark D’s record as Buc GM: 24-40, is that in 2010 he added a 10- to that. Imagine if we took that away: 14-34 (1.25 regular seasons under. 500).

    We didn’t make the playoffs in 2010 did we? I am not sure why we aren’t making a better effort to rebuild.