The Tampa Bay Buccaneers spent most of their offseason last year trying to first extend Demar Dotson's contract, and then trying to get him into camp after a holdout. Once he changed agents and got back into camp, he suffered a knee injury that took him out for most of the season -- and stalled the contract talks, too.
This year, Dotson's entering the final year of his contract. At 30, it's not a foregone conclusion that the Bucs want to keep him beyond this year -- that will likely depend in part on Kevin Pamphile's development, and who they draft. But Dotson told Pewter Report that he wants to get an extension done, and there have been a few talks.
"My agent has already talked with them this year and I feel pretty good that I might possibly get a deal before the season starts," Dotson said. "That's what I'm hoping for, but if not, I'm in a better position than I was last year because I have one year left. If I don't get a contract I get to buckle down and give it everything I've got and then go to free agency and hopefully, and rightfully, get what I deserve next year.
There's a lot in that Pewter Report article about the way Demar Dotson dealt with his injury last year, what Gosder Cherilus means for the team and how he feels about Lovie Smith (spoiler: not good), so go read it.
Extending Dotson would make a lot of sense. He's still one of the better right tackles in the league, especially as a pass blocker, though he's not necessarily the kind of lineman the Bucs have targeted over the past couple of years -- more finesse than power. At 30, though, the question is how long he has left -- and the Bucs will have to get a replacement plan in place sooner or later.