Demar Dotson was an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi in 2009. He had only played one year of college football, but his 6'9, 315-pound frame was just too much for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to ignore, and so they signed him to a deal and gave him a chance. Four years later, it looks like that chance is paying off for both the Bucs and Dotson, as Tampa signed him to a four-year contract extension on Thursday.
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After only starting two games in the first three years of his career, Dotson came into the 2012 season competing for a starting job with veteran Jeremy Trueblood. Dotson eventually beat out Trueblood for the job, started 15 games for Tampa Bay, and helped lead the push for the ninth-ranked total offense in the NFL.
Trueblood recently signed a contract with the Washington Redskins.
Few undrafted free agents ever make it to a regular-season NFL contract, let alone a second one. For Dotson, it looks like he has overcome the odds once again and for the Bucs, they can feel secure with the right side of their offensive line. Now about that pass defense.