Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik had to build a 53-man roster for ESPN, but he had to stay under the NFL's 2014 salary cap. Which led to lots of value propositions, and three Buccaneers made his list of, effectively, the best values in the NFL: tackle Demar Dotson, running back Doug Martin and linebacker Lavonte David.
Doug Martin and Lavonte David are hardly surprising selections: they're both excellent players still on their rookie contracts. Martin slowed down last year, but his shoulder injury shouldn't affect him in the long term. Lavonte David is the best young linebacker in the NFL, and Dominik actually calls him the "best outside linebacker who has come along in many years".
Most interesting, though, is Demar Dotson. He's slowly turned into one of the best right tackles in the game, and again looked solid in the first preseason game, only giving up one unnecessary (and ticky-tack) holding penalty in an otherwise flawless performance. He's the Bucs' best offensive lineman.
But what makes him interesting is his contract. For some reason, his agent agreed to a sweetheart four-year, $7.4 million deal last year when he was already established as at least a solid starter. He's making just $1.5 million in 2015 and $1.75 million in 2016. That is less than many backup tackles make.
That was probably the best value contract Dominik got anyone to sign throughout his tenure, but it will probably present the Bucs with a new and exciting problem next year: a holdout. While holdouts are becoming more and more rare because of punishing consequences enshrined in the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, Dotson is in perfect position to hold out: he is vastly underpaid, he'll be old enough (29) where that is probably his last opportunity to make significant money, and the Bucs really can't replace him.
But that's a problem for the future. For now, he just represents outstanding value.