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Doug Martin | Running Back | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 223
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (31) / TB
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Bucs RBs coach Tim Spencer said Doug Martin is working on his fumbling "problem."
"We have talked about it. And we’ve studied it. So we know what the issue is, what the problem is," Spencer said. "We just gotta work on them." Martin coughed it up five times last season, but he had just three fumbles on 580 career carries before last year. Ball security is unlikely to be a long-term issue for Martin. He enters 2016 as a solid RB1. May 31 - 11:23 AM

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Doug Martin said he is happy to not have to learn a new playbook this offseason.

Last year's OC Dirk Koetter is now head coach, ensuring the offense will stay the same. Martin has played for three offensive coordinators in his four-year career, so he is welcoming the opportunity to get into "little details" of the playbook instead of having to learn another system. After struggling for two years following his breakout rookie campaign, Martin rushed for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns on 288 carries last season, earning a five-year, $37.75 million contract. With the Bucs likely to improve on both sides of the ball, Martin could be poised for an even better 2016.
Apr 23 - 1:34 PM

Buccaneers agreed to terms with RB Doug Martin on a five-year, $35.75 million contract, including $15 million guaranteed.

He can earn another $6.75 million through incentives. It became evident in recent days/hours that Martin's reported breakdown in talks with the Bucs was mere posturing in negotiations. A favorite of new head coach Dirk Koetter, Martin's best landing spot was always the team that drafted him in 2012. Martin, 27, finished the 2015 season with a 288-1,402-6 rushing line, averaging a career-best 4.87 yards per carry and ranking No. 2 in the NFL in rushing behind only Adrian Peterson. Charles Sims will continue to be a drain on Martin's 2016 PPR outlook, but he'll return as a clear-cut RB1 in fantasy football. With Chris Ivory in Jacksonville and Martin staying in Tampa Bay, Matt Forte, Lamar Miller, and Arian Foster are free agency's top-three running backs left.
Mar 9 - 2:26 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports the Bucs are "nearing a deal" with free agent Doug Martin.

It's expected to come in around $6.85 million per year after Chris Ivory was able to somehow land $6 million-plus annually from the Jaguars, setting the market for running backs. The dominos are starting to fall with Ivory going to Jacksonville, Martin likely staying put, and Lamar Miller reportedly on his way to Houston. Keeping Martin made the most sense for the Bucs after he turned his career around in 2015 following a couple injury-plagued 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Mar 8 - 10:25 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the Raiders are "entering the Doug Martin sweepstakes."

The Raiders pursued DeMarco Murray heavily in last year's free agency, but came up empty handed and clearly weren't satisfied with Latavius Murray's 2015 performance despite his solid counting stats. The Raiders have also been linked loosely to free agent Matt Forte. Martin is fully expected to test the open market and appears poised to sign with the highest monetary bidder.
Mar 8 - 11:22 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "at least six teams" are interested in free agent RB Doug Martin.

The Bucs are reportedly "intent" on bringing Martin back, but he should land a big deal as the best back available in a cap-rich market. It is possible he flirts with the $8 million per year DeMarco Murray received last offseason. The Sacramento Bee has reported the 49ers could be among the teams interested in Martin.
Mar 7 - 12:17 PM

The Buccaneers met with Doug Martin's agent on Saturday but were unable to close the gap in contract negotiations.

Beat writer Rick Stroud said "barring an unforeseen development" there won't be a deal in place before the legal tampering period opens on Monday. The Bucs chose not to tag Martin last week and now risk losing him in free agency. He's the top running back available and could command a salary of up to $8 million annually. The Bucs reportedly don't see Charles Sims as an every-down back, so they'll be in the market for a new starter if Martin walks.
Mar 5 - 2:32 PM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reports there was "some talk" at the Combine the 49ers are interested in impending free agent RB Doug Martin.

With the Bucs unlikely to use the franchise tag on Martin, it appears likely he is headed to free agency. The 49ers already have Carlos Hyde under contract, but new coach Chip Kelly has an affinity for using multiple backs and San Francisco has a ton of cap space. Martin should receive plenty of interest once he hits the market, but it would not be shocking if he lands with the 49ers.
Mar 1 - 12:07 PM

The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings reports it is "unlikely" the Bucs use the franchise tag on impending free agent Doug Martin.

The tag would cost $11.789 million. It is a steep price to pay for a running back, but the Bucs are flush with cap space. More importantly, using the tag would allow Tampa to ensure Martin's healthy and effective 2015 season was not a fluke before handing him a long-term deal. With the Bucs unlikely to use the tag, Martin should be playing elsewhere this season.
Feb 29 - 9:16 AM

The Tampa Tribune reports free agent Doug Martin is considered most likely to sign with someone other than the Bucs on the first day of free agency.

Both sides have professed interest in a new deal, but the Bucs press corps has been predicting Martin will hit the open market. It's looking like a certainty at this point. Martin is our No. 2 free agent back behind Matt Forte. Were Martin to walk, Charles Sims would take over as the lead back, but undoubtedly remain part of a committee. Running back would become a need for the Bucs.
Feb 25 - 4:36 PM

Buc GM Jason Licht said he's "optimistic" the team will be able to re-sign free agent Doug Martin.

Licht will meet with Martin's agent at the Combine this week, but it sounds like both sides want to get something done for Martin to remain in Tampa Bay. "I know he wants to be a Buc and we want him to be a Buc," said Licht. Martin just wants to be paid fairly with this likely being his only bite at the free-agent apple. He's likely eyeing around $8 million per year on a four- or five-year pact.
Feb 24 - 11:33 AM

Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds reports Bucs GM Jason Licht will sit down with the player rep for free agent Doug Martin at next week's Combine.

Reynolds believes Martin wants a deal similar to the five-year, $42 million contract signed by DeMarco Murray last offseason. The Bucs would rather not overpay for Martin, who has battled injuries and inconsistency during his four-year stint in Tampa. Reynolds suggests the Cowboys and Redskins as suitors for Martin if the Bucs can't re-sign him. Martin won't be getting the franchise tag, and beat writers think he'll hit the open market.
Feb 19 - 1:41 PM

Pewter Report's Mark Cook reports there is "almost zero" chance the Bucs use the franchise tag on impending free agent Doug Martin.

Tagging Martin would cost the Bucs an estimated $11.5 million. That is a lot to pay a running back in today's market, but the plan is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Martin rightfully earned First-Team All-Pro honors last season, but he struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness for two seasons before that. Tampa Bay is flush with cap space, and overpaying this season to see if Martin can keep it going is not a bad idea. If the Bucs choose not to tag Martin, it appears likely he is headed to the open market.
Feb 18 - 8:55 AM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman reports the Bucs will have to pay impending free agent Doug Martin more than $7 million annually to keep him in Tampa Bay.

Fellow Times writer Rick Stroud reported Friday Martin is looking to "hit the jackpot." The best running back on the market, Martin is likely looking for a deal worth somewhere around $8 million per year with some significant guarantees. That may be too much for the Bucs to pay a back with Martin's injury history and limitations in the passing game. Once a virtual lock to stay in Tampa, it is starting to look likely Martin tests the open market.
Feb 15 - 10:54 AM

The Tampa Bay Times reports free agent Doug Martin is looking to "hit the jackpot" after finishing No. 2 in the NFL in rushing, and will hit the open market.

Bucs GM Jason Licht claims Martin and the team have a "mutual" desire to stay together, but beat writer Rick Stroud reports they "aren't really that close in reaching an agreement." Martin is expected to ask for $8 million per year, or what DeMarco Murray received from the Eagles last offseason. "We'll have to see how it goes," Licht conceded. 27 years old and not much of an asset in the passing game, Martin is a candidate to get overpaid should he hit the market in March.
Feb 12 - 9:20 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jameis Winston
2Mike Glennon
3Ryan Griffin
4Dan LeFevour
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Mike James
4Storm Johnson
5Peyton Barber
GLB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3RB1Charles Sims
2Doug Martin
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Mike Evans
2Louis Murphy
3Donteea Dye
4Freddie Martino
5Evan Spencer
WR21Vincent Jackson
2Kenny Bell
3Adam Humphries
4Russell Shepard
5Bernard Reedy
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Cameron Brate
3Luke Stocker
4Brandon Myers
5Kivon Cartwright
LT1Donovan Smith
2Gosder Cherilus
3Taylor Fallin
LG1J.R. Sweezy
2Caleb Benenoch
3Josh Allen
C1Joe Hawley
2Evan Dietrich-Smith
3Ben Gottschalk
RG1Ali Marpet
2Garrett Gilkey
3Dominique Robertson
RT1Demar Dotson
2Kevin Pamphile
3Leonard Wester
4Kelby Johnson
K1Roberto Aguayo