NFL free agency 2023: Bucs secure key CB Jamel Dean to 4-year $52million contract extension

The NFL free agency has started for the 2023-24 season, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl-winning cornerback Jamel Dean has already found himself signing a contract.

The Buccaneers picked him in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft, and since then, he has appeared in 57 games for them, completing 193 tackles, defending 41 passes, and making seven interceptions. His initial contract with the Bucs expired after four years of the journey together.

It didn’t take Jamel long to find himself in a contract negotiation with the Bucs to re-sign, even though the franchise currently has gone through a salary reconstruction.

What was the deal that Jamel Dean signed with the Buccaneers?

The 26-year-old signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the two-time Super Bowl winner and made his future secure.

Dean had to work hard to pave his way to the starting lineup in his first stint with the franchise as his game time, and appearance in the starting lineup increased each season. Finally, he got a well-deserved offer in recognition of his instrumental contribution.

He started 15 games last season and made two interceptions, eight defended passes, and 57 tackles. Even in his rookie season, he set a franchise record with 17 passes defended and became the rookie with the most passes defended.

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Jamel Dean returning to the Buccaneers. (source:Bucs nation)

However, besides winning the Super Bowl in 2020, Jamel doesn’t have many accolades as a Bucs player. Prior to becoming an NFL professional, he played for the Auburn Tigers for three years during his college career.

The Buccaneers struggled to meet their salary cap of $224.8 million, restructured several veteran players’ contracts, and released a couple of others. In this situation, offering a deal like this, the Buccaneers surely made a splash on the opening day of free agency.

What’s your take on this re-signed contract of Jamel Dean? Can he continue his development in the coming seasons? Leave your opinion in the comment section with us.

Shahbaj Arefin

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Shahbaj Arefin is a professional Sports Content Writer at SportsZion. He mostly covers NBA, alongside NFL and MLB. His favorite basketball player is Michael Jordan. Arefin is also a football enthusiast. He is a die-hard supporter of Argentina and Chelsea FC, frequently posting on Facebook during the their matches.


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