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Bucs need to rework Demar Dotson's contract

TAMPA, Fla. – Offensive tackle Demar Dotson has the upper hand on the Buccaneers as he pushes for a new contract.

Dotson was missing at last week’s voluntary workouts and that reportedly is because he is seeking a new deal. He’s scheduled to make $2.5 million this year and that’s a salary that is below the average for starting right tackles.

The Bucs need to get this worked out quickly because they can’t afford to run the risk of Dotson missing time in training camp. That’s because Dotson is an important cog in an offensive line that is being overhauled.

Offensive lines need chemistry, and that’s why it’s critical to have Dotson at training camp. He was one of the few bright spots on an offensive line that struggled last year, and he has outperformed his contract.

The Bucs need to give Dotson a nice raise and get him into camp on time. It’s crucial to have him there because the Bucs need stability on the line as they try to work in rookies Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet as starters.

The team seems willing to give Dotson a new deal, and there have been negotiations. But the process needs to move quickly. Every practice that Dotson misses is detrimental to the development of the offensive line.