Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean is heading into his fourth season and looking to increase his productivity this season; at the very least, try and cover his interception tally from the previous three seasons. Dean had 5 interceptions in the first three seasons in the NFL and is in the final year of his contract. After being drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Dean re-joined fellow Auburn Tiger Carlton Davis and got to work straight away.
Jamel Dean didn’t start for the Buccaneers right away, but he did play in 13 games during his rookie season and played well enough to begin seeing a starting role in 2020. His good play paid off, so he maintained the starting role in 2021. In 2022, Dean is heading into a contract year, and as he’s seen by way of his fellow teammate Carlton Davis, if you play well, you get paid. Carlton Davis received a 3-year 44 million dollar contract from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Dean wants to make sure that he gets his slice of the pie too.
“One or two a season, that’s not nearly enough compared to players that are getting like, five through 11. “I always want to be in the top category in that, so that’s why I’ve got to improve (that) aspect of the game, and that’s why I’ve been taking advantage of all the reps (organized team activities) I can get, just to try to perfect my craft.” – via Tampa Bay Times
Dean wants to get paid, and despite the love of the game, these young men want to be paid for their services. He is not the only Bucs’ secondary player in the final season of their contract, so Dean will have his work cut out for him. If the previous 3 seasons are any indication of what to expect, it should easily be in the bag.