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Demar Dotson’s reason for ending holdout? He likes his money

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The reason that Demar Dotson ended his holdout with Tampa Bay Bucs was the same reason he started it.


Dotson, the starting right tackle, had held out of part of the Bucs’ OTAs. But he realize that a holdout was a good way to lose money, not just make it, he said.

“I didn’t want to lose any money,” Dotson said from Bucs’ minicamp. “It’s like $100,000. I got some good advice that you don’t want to lose $100,000. I don’t have $100,000 to lose, so I wanted to keep my money. That was the only way to keep negotiating going through these six weeks and into training camp.”

Dotson, who has two years left on his deal, would seem to be limited with his leverage. He’s a non-Pro Bowl player on a weak offensive line on a weak football team.

“I think we have the mindset that we want to be good,” Dotson said. “We’re not going to do the same dumb stuff we did last year. We’re going to weed out all the bad stuff.”

Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith was glad that his team had 100 percent participation.

“It’s good to have him back,” Smith said. “He needs to be. Every rep that you can get, you need to be here to take advantage of. It’s just good to see Demar out there with the group.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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