Bucs Bring Back Barber; Sign OT Dotson

The Buccaneers announced that they have re-signed cornerback Ronde Barber to a one-year contract and offensive tackle Demar Dotson to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Barber agreed to return for a 16th season last week and officially signed his contract on Wednesday. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound cornerback has spent his entire NFL career with the Buccaneers, who selected him in the third round (66th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft out of Virginia.

Inactive for most of his rookie season, Barber has appeared in 224 consecutive regular season games and has started 199 straight games, which is more than the second-, third- and fourth-longest streaks among active NFL cornerbacks. Over that time, Barber has posted well over 1,000 tackles, 27 sacks and 43 interceptions, returning seven for touchdowns. Barber had 79 tackles, one sack, three interceptions and recorded the first safety of his career last season.

Dotson was a restricted free agent tendered at the “Original Round” level, which carried a non-guaranteed base salary of $1.26 million for the 2012 season. A college basketball player who went ndrafted out of Southern Mississippi, the 6-foot-9, 315-pound Dotson missed 2010 with a knee injury and started two of 11 games last season.


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