Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Buccaneers have withdrawn their multi-year extension offer to RT Demar Dotson, due to his two-week absence from voluntary OTAs over a contract dispute.
Tampa Bay was prepared to give Dotson a long term extension that would give him a raise over the next number of years. However, the Buccaneers cited a policy which states that they do not negotiate with players that are absent from team activities.
Furthermore, if Dotson decides to skip next week’s three-day mandatory minicamp, he could face fines from the team as well.
Dotson, 29, still has two years remaining on his four-year, $7.5 million contract that included $2 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $1.5 million and $1.75 million over the next two years. He signed a three-year extension back in 2013, and will make just $2.5 million this season.
In 2014, Dotson appeared in all 16 games for the Buccaneers and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 28 offensive tackle out of 84 qualifying players. Being a starting offensive tackle, his $1.5 million base salary means that he is a highly underpaid player, so it’s easy to see why he is demanding a lucrative raise.
We will provide more information regarding Dotson’s holdout when the news becomes available.