The Bucs signed right tackle Gosder Cherilus to a two-year contract on Monday, according to the team. The deal is worth $7 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source informed of the deal.
Tampa Bay's interest in Cherilus escalated after starting right tackle Demar Dotson suffered a knee injury of his own in the preseason opener. Though Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Monday that Dotson will not require surgery, the signing suggests his injury is serious enough to put his Week 1 status in doubt.
No matter which veteran starts at right tackle, the Bucs' offensive line remains riddled with question marks. After sinking the offense last season, this unit is now counting on Cherilus and a pair of rookie starters to keep Jameis Winston upright.