The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made an investment along the offensive line, as the team signed starting right tackle Demar Dotson to a multi-year contract extension.
The Buccaneers made the news official on Twitter Monday morning. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports it is a three-year extension worth $16.5 million.
BREAKING: Demar Dotson has signed a contract extension with the Buccaneers!
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) August 15, 2016
Dotson started only three games last season for the Buccaneers after missing significant time with a sprained left knee injury sustained during the preseason. He made his return in Week 10 and started the final two games of the season.
The eighth-year pro was effective when on the field. Pro Football Focus gave him a 75.6 overall grade (out of a possible 100), including an impressive 86.4 run blocking mark.
The undrafted free agent has served as a starter for the Buccaneers the past four seasons and will turn 31 years old in October.
Tampa Bay’s offensive line has already taken a hit, as new left guard J.R. Sweezy will start the season on the physically unable to perform list with a back injury, which means he will miss the first five games of the regular season.