Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
1 month ago

Martin was active in the passing game during Thursday's OTA session, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 27-year-old, who's recorded a combined 82 receptions over the two seasons in his career where he's played all 16 games, was targeted often in the passing game during Thursday's open session. The development was notable considering that Martin played a distant second receiving option last season out of the backfield to teammate Charles Sims, who hauled in 70 receptions for 561 yards and four touchdowns. Despite the increased usage through the air, Martin's primary usage in the coming season will once again be on the ground, where he amassed 1,402 yards last season. Still, the added dimension of an increased passing game role for Martin would certainly give second-year quarterback Jameis Winston another valuable weapon to work with in 2016.

Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
3 months ago

Martin feels like he can "hit the ground running" in 2016 under new head coach and former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, Scott Smith of the Bucs' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The four-year veteran is excited about the fact that he'll continue working within the same system that helped him produce his best season since his spectacular 2012 rookie campaign. Martin ran for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns in 2015, while averaging a career-best 4.9 yards per tote. "I've been through about two to three new playbooks [in my career], so it feels good to come in and not have to learn a whole new playbook and it's good to have that continuity," said Martin. "If you get a new guy and he has a whole new playbook, it's like learning a whole new language, so it's a good feeling to come here and not learn a whole new playbook. It's easy on everybody else." The 27-year-old was targeted by Koetter as a key piece of the offense upon the latter's appointment to the role of offensive coordinator before the 2015 season, and that motivated Martin to work his way into top condition for the 16-game grind. Fresh off signing a new five-year deal worth in excess of $35 million, the Pro Bowl-running back has set even loftier standards for the coming season. "I just have to set goals for myself and if I set high goals, if I shoot high, then the rest will fall into place," said Martin. "I have to have a burning desire and know what I want and if I do that and just work hard and do my job, everything else will fall into place. I would like to just get more yards than I had last year - than my rookie year. More touchdowns, I'll be able to finish more, finish more often. I get caught around the five you know, finish and get more touchdowns. But just goals like that - just adding to my game."

Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
5 months ago

The Bucs have signed Martin to a five-year deal worth in excess of $35 million, Ian Rappaport of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The signing comes within two hours of Martin hitting the open market as a 26-year-old tailback coming off a 1,400-yard season, preventing Tampa from having to scour free agency or invest a high draft pick on a new tailback. As per Rappaport, the deal contains $15 million in guaranteed money, and averages $7.25 million over the first three seasons, with a maximum overall value of $42.5 million. Although the courtship between Martin and the Bucs looked somewhat shaky at times this offseason, Martin ultimately made good on his previously-stated preference to remain in Tampa, and secured a contract that would have been highly improbable a year ago at this time. His retention preserves a potentially potent young nucleus of Jameis Winston, Charles Sims, Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Martin, and frees the Bucs up to address other needs in the coming days and the forthcoming draft.

Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
5 months ago2 Comments

As expected, the Bucs opted not to use their franchise tag on free agent running back Doug Martin, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The non-move fulfills the widely-held expectation that Martin will only return to Tampa on a mutually agreeable multi-year deal, as opposed to the onerous $11.789 million salary for 2016 that the franchise designation would have carried. Cummings reports that the Bucs continue to work towards cementing a deal with fifth-year pro, ideally before free agency opens in earnest on March 9. If Martin does indeed land elsewhere, third-year all-purpose back Charles Sims and a 2016 draft pick or a free-agent signee would figure to share tailback duties in Tampa in 2016.

Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
5 months ago2 Comments

Martin is increasingly likely to sign a free-agent deal with another club according to sources close to his negotiations with the Bucs on a new contract, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The report comes on the heels of Jason Licht's proclamation in his Wednesday Combine press conference that he was "optimistic" that a deal that would keep Martin in Tampa would eventually get done. With a bit less than two weeks to go since the official start of the free agency signing period on March 9, there is certainly plenty of time for the consumation of an agreement. However, Cummings' sources indicate that "based on the current pace and direction of the talks, Martin is more likely to sign a deal with one of a handful of Bucs rivals". The same sources did not indicate any snag in negotiations however, and there was no concrete indication otherwise coming out of Licht's talks with Martin's agent Brian Murphy on Wednesday. Although they have the franchise tag at their disposal, Cummings reports that applying it to Martin would cost the Bucs approximately $11.5 million for 2016, a hit they have indicated they do not plan on absorbing.

Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
5 months ago

The agent for free agent running back Doug Martin met with the Bucs at the NFL scouting combine Wednesday, Rick Stroud of Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Stroud describes Bucs General Manager Jason Licht's meeting with agent Brian Murphy as a fairly preliminary step in the process of Tampa fulfilling one of its stated offseason priorities. No deal will be consumated during the Combine, but Licht described himself as "optimistic" that an agreement could eventually be struck. "I know he wants to be a Buc and I know we want him to be a Buc," Licht said. "I'm sure there will be some obstacles--there always are in negotiations--but we'll prepare for either way." Martin, who rushed for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns in a resurgent 2015 campaign, became a free agent when Tampa opted not to pick up his $5.6 million option for 2016.

Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
6 months ago

Martin was named to the Associated Press All-Pro team, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The fourth-year pro capped off an outstanding 1,402-yard campaign by joining James Wilder as the only Bucs running backs to ever receive All-Pro honors. Following a remarkable 1,454-yard rookie season, Martin suffered through two lackluster and injury-plagued campaigns before enjoying a resurgent 2015. The soon-to-be 27-year-old will enter offseason contract negotiations with the Bucs sporting a considerable degree of leverage.

Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
7 months ago

Martin has stated he would "love" to re-sign with the Bucs this offseason, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

So much for playing his cards close to the vest ahead of contract negotiations. Martin and the Bucs have expressed a mutual desire to keep the fourth-year tailback in red and pewter in 2016 and beyond, following his second-best season as a pro."I would love to come back here," Martin said. "It's a young team and there were a lot of positive things that happened this year. I would love to be around when we blossom. The 26-year-old's 1,402 yards were second in the NFL, and his 4.9 yards per carry and season-long 84-yard run were both career bests. Given the public statements from both the team and Martin regarding his future, it's conceivable he may be willing to give the Bucs a slight discount in order re-sign with the team that drafted him. However, if he tests the free agent market come March, Martin figures to attract strong interest from multiple teams.

Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
7 months ago

Martin gained 48 yards on 15 carries and also secured all seven of his targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

The fourth-year tailback badly scuffled on the ground, gaining 20 yards on his game-long tote and otherwise grinding out 28 yards on his other 14 carries. However, he did his best Charles Sims impersonation (although ironically, he still fell short of his teammate's reception total on the day), securing a season-high seven receptions for a 2015 high-water mark in receiving yardage (60). Martin finished the season with 1,402 yards-- his best haul on the ground since his stellar 2012 rookie season when he amassed 1,454--and the unrestricted free agent's retention will undoubtedly be a priority of the Bucs' front office heading into the offseason. Despite a lackluster final two weeks where he was only able to gain 97 yards on 32 carries (3.0 yards per carry), the 26-year-old ran decisively throughout the season, putting to rest any doubts as to whether his rookie campaign had been an anomaly.

Doug Martin
RB TB (6)
7 months ago

Martin and the Buccaneers are talking about a contract extension before the running back hits the free agent market, the Tampa Tribune reports. "We've already talked a little bit," Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said. "We will definitely be talking (more). We'd love to have Doug back."

EDGE Analysis

Martin was coming off two seasons marred by injury, when Tampa Bay opted not to pick up his fifth-year option back in May. Now, the fourth-year running back, who trails only Minnesota's Adrien Peterson in rushing yards, has all the leverage. The Bucs are reported to be seeking a two-year deal, but Martin will command a longer-term commitment in the market.