Jamel Dean Says He’s Money Motivated

May 5th, 2022

The Buccaneers’ defensive backs have been a tight, young unit for years.

Heck, cornerbacks Jamel Dean and Carlton Davis were even college teammates.

Fourth-year man Dean, a 2019 third-round pick by Tampa Bay, watched his buddy Davis score a fat contract this offseason that will pay Davis $15 million per season. That reality has “inspired” Dean, he told the recent Slice video at Buccaneers.com.

Dean, 25, said he’s reset his goals for 2022, and they’re very much driven by cash.

“I’m taking like a new approach into this year knowing that it’s the last year of my contract,” Dean said. “And I feel like, you know, I won’t know if I’m going to get a second contract or not. So I’m trying to do the best I can to try to earn a second one.”

Joe is fired up to see what Dean can deliver this season. He said he learned a lot about being “the guy” for a handful of weeks when injuries took out Davis and others in 2021, including benefiting from mentoring by his youth idol, former Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman.

Dean confirmed that he’s been running 21 miles per hour recently while being held back by resistance bands. And then the young man who ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine declared himself the fastest player on the Bucs.

37 Responses to “Jamel Dean Says He’s Money Motivated”

  1. zzbuc Says:

    makes sense…he needs to tackle better….

  2. Mike Says:

    A motivated Dean would be a beautiful thing. He sometimes seems to go through the motions and doesn’t always seem to put forth maximum effort. Would love to see what he can do next season!

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Jamel is my favorite CB on the team, largely because of the adversity he’s overcome in his life. I’m hoping that he has a fantastic year, although that’d probably mean we’ll lose him next year. No way the Bucs could afford to pay 2 CBs the big bucks next season.

  4. MadMax Says:

    I’m all about that, CB crew…..just bring McCollum along for the ride, in case theres injuries.

  5. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I’d like to think he’s motivated to be the best he can be rather getting paid. The former sort of takes care of the latter.

  6. SufferingSince76 Says:

    ^^^^rather than getting paid ^^^^^

  7. Cleanhouse Says:

    I’ve always felt he had the most upside of the two- if he could put it all together consistently

  8. Dooley Says:

    W/E Sherman was intellectually feeding Dean, started working about shortly after Sherm signed on and I’m hoping Logan Ryan and even Neal keep it going as far as mentoring Dean and the rest our DBs.

    @ZZBucs, Dean had a 93% win rate on solo & combined tackles in 2021 and thats credit to his size and strength at his position. Dean also forced one of the fumbles against the Rams that sparked the late 3rd-4th qtr rally. Dean’s tallied 136 stops in 3 years and only whiffed on 8 total tackles in that same span

  9. Pickgrin Says:

    Dean is a keeper. Staying healthy seems to be somewhat of a challenge for him though which is a bit concerning when considering a big contract….

    Congrats on the great #s Joe!
    You guys have earned it with content, content and more content.

  10. gotbbucs Says:

    I’ve been here since the beginning Joe’s. Congrats and thank you for building a fun spot for us to come and get our Bucs news, and thanks for having thick enough skin to let me feed you guys some sh!t once in a while when I’m feeling salty. I would probably be embarrassed to know how many times I’ve checked this site over the years. Keep it up and I’ll keep on coming back.

  11. Duane Says:

    Good luck to him because he is going to need it. He misses too many games and too me comes off as a player who just has not reached his potential after all the chances he has gotten. Plenty of opportunities for an underachiever to get paid in this league, its just not likely to be on this one.

  12. SB~LV Says:

    Dean is a very large man as DB’s

  13. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Joe congrats on the 2.7m visits in March, I was prob 1000 visits.

  14. Goatfarmer Says:

    Walk the talk! Or in this case run it very fast.

  15. Lamarcus Says:

    Oh now he wants to play?…. Trade him!!!

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Jamel Dean….the perfect candidate for an early extension with a good pay raise this year……but nope….pushed the cap this year and the next and the next….no extension.
    We’ll be held hostage like we were with Godwin……Whitehead,,Davis….

    Next year it will be SMB, Dean, Edwards & Nelson……lose them or not I hope they have outstanding years.

  17. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    Stay humble
    Play ball, keep learning
    Can’t coach speed and raw athletic ability
    Just Dean
    Go Bucs

  18. Bucaroo Says:

    Congratulations, Joe(s)! You guys deserve a second contract, too!

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    Dear Bucs Safeties and DB’s. Catch the dang ball. 20 interceptions dropped last year. This has to stop.

  20. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    Some teams never seem to let the cap stop them.
    The Rams and the aints and a few other always find ways to keep their stars … Tho I guess Tyreek Hill and Devote Adams might have gotten greedy. But where did the Raiders get all that money? The Dophins are gonna have to pay Tua soon. Will they still have the money for Hill? Stafford’s looking at a big raise soon too.

  21. steele Says:

    Whatever his motivation, he needs to get much better.

  22. Drebucsfan Says:

    You guys are the best!

  23. Esteban85 Says:

    Hopefully this drive for the money makes him more pain tolerant and a tougher tackler. That is the only thing he is missing. Maybe Sherman rubbed off on him a bit. At 25 years old I would image some generational wealth would’ve motivated me to run through a brick wall, pick my teeth up off the ground and ask for more.

  24. Esteban85 Says:

    Joe’s blowing away the competition. Love it! They are so much more genuine.

  25. Brandon Says:

    Dean. 50.0 QB Rating against. 53.7% completions. ZERO TDs allowed. One of the better CBs in the league.

  26. Beeej Says:

    Faster than Scooter??

  27. dmatt Says:

    Dean has not proven that he deserves to be paid the big bucs. Let’s see what he do this year. He has the intangibles but lacks the mental aspect of the game.

  28. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Love to see those Numbers Joe’s, u 2 deserve it!
    Maybe it is time to sell franchises ?

  29. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    I think all us fans need to remember that until the Bucs signed Richard Sherman last year , our DBs had zero help from veteran DBs and had to learn through their mistakes. The only issue I have is not from the players but the coaches not teaching them to play the ball instead of playing the WR and running with them without turning their heads to play the ball. That’s on the coaches not the players. It’s gone on for too long to be the players fault. Hopefully we see a change this year. Would lead to more takeaways and passes broken up for sure. Go Bucs

  30. firethecannons Says:

    never go to pewter plank or bucnation joe allows you to see players up close–love this site Joe interacts too sometimes–nice

  31. David Says:

    Excellent. Go earn it. He’s a much better CB than a lot of fans give him credit for. He also has a lot of potential to get better

  32. geno711 Says:

    Jamal Dean, SMB and Mike Edwards came out of the 2019 draft for us.

    I will wait for someone on this site to list the corners and safeties from 2019 that are better than those three.

  33. SPARKY Says:

    Wow, if I knew that many people were doing this site, I would have been more smarter. Congrats Joes. I thought we were about 50 dumb sh!ts.

  34. Joe Says:

    Wow, if I knew that many people were doing this site, I would have been more smarter. Congrats Joes. I thought we were about 50 dumb sh!ts.

    LOL Thanks! Appreciate the kind words.

  35. RustyRhinos Says:

    Jamel Dean signed a 4-year, $3,558,852 in his rookie contract. What am I missing here about being motivated to play for money? Or was all that $3.5 million just chicken feed?

  36. Buczilla Says:

    Great to hear. Hopefully he is going out of his mind looking for any help that he can get to stop missing so many games due to injury or a coach not thinking he is the best option.

  37. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Congratulations Joe’s! This site blows the others away, and I was a big fan of Buccaneer Magazine/Pewter Report. Used to get the magazine a lot. Remember that? You guys are the best, and the comments by our fellow fans makes it even better!