Cornerback Jamel Dean signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension in March to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the former Auburn defensive back doesn’t plan to rest on his money.
“I still believe that there’s still (things) left to accomplish,” Dean said as Bucs concluded their offseason program on Thursday, “so I’m not going to hold back. I still want to improve my game because I still want to get Pro Bowl and All-Pro under my belt, so that’s like my motivation to keep going and get better.”
Dean has increased his number of starts in each season of his career. After starting five games as a rookie, he started seven in 2020, 11 in 2021 and 15 in 2022. He also has started six postseason games for Tampa Bay, including the Buccaneers’ 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021.
Since Dean joined the Bucs in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, he and Carlton Davis have the most passes defended (interceptions and pass break-ups) of any pair of teammates. Davis has 60, and Dean has 41.
Tampa Bay isn’t the first place that Davis and Dean have been teammates. They met in high school and were on Auburn in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.