Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rumors: Will Doug Martin Hit the Open Market?

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Feb 12, 2016 03:31 PM EST
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Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 22, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

Doug Martin is reportedly looking for a big money deal after coming in 2nd in rushing in the NFL. Martin and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were reportedly in negotiations until they finally fell through.

Martin should have a number of suitors this offseason as he looks for a contract in the range of what DeMarco Murray netted from the Philadelphia Eagles last season. At 27 Martin still has 3 solid years left as a productive NFL running back and considering he was only second to Adrian Peterson this season for rushing yards a number of teams would be happy to pay that price to get a premium running back.

In 2015 Martin did not miss a single game and had 288 rushing attempts. Martin gained 1,402 yards, averaged 4.9 yards per carry, 6 touchdowns, a receiving touchdown however he lost 5 fumbles. This will most likely be the last contract Martin signs before he becomes a veteran so seeing him want to get paid is not surprising. Martin excels in the running game but is not a factor in the pass attack which will be an issue for some teams.

Another potential issue is that Martin has only had 2 healthy seasons in his NFL career, on the flipside of that both of those seasons he recorded 1,000 plus rushing yards. Martin should be a bell cow back for a run heavy offense; the Broncos make sense however they will most likely not have the cap room available to make an offer. Martin could find himself on the Tennessee Titans come the start of preseason. 

 

 

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