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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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Free agent Doug Martin says he wants to re-sign with the Bucs.
"I love Tampa and Tampa loves me," Martin said. "I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa." Martin also said he wouldn't complain if slapped with the franchise tag. The Bucs are well on the record as wanting Martin back. An accord will likely be reached. Feb 4 - 5:24 PM

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Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds reports the Bucs have opened contract negotiations with impending free agent Doug Martin.

GM Jason Licht and Martin's agent, David Dunn, were spotted speaking in the stands at the Senior Bowl. The entire organization including new coach Dirk Koetter have been open about their desire to re-sign their No. 1 back. Martin should be looking for a four-year deal for upwards of $25 million.
Jan 28 - 9:11 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter confirmed he wants to re-sign free agent Doug Martin.

"Who wouldn’t want Doug Martin back?" Koetter said. "Of course we would like to have him. Jason Licht’s got control of that. But I’m pretty sure he does." Martin’s fifth-year option was declined last offseason, but he’s expected to remain with the Bucs. Martin could command a four-year deal in the range of $6 million annually.
Jan 15 - 7:21 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman believes free agent Doug Martin's contract will land in the four-year, $25 million range, "if not more."

For comparison, the Eagles gave DeMarco Murray a five-year, $40 million deal last offseason, including $21 million guaranteed. A four-year, $25 million pact would be more reasonable to keep Martin in Tampa Bay, but it's still a steep price for a running back who's endured an inconsistent career and is mediocre in the passing game. Other impending free agent running backs include Matt Forte, Lamar Miller, Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, and Stevan Ridley.
Jan 4 - 2:12 PM

Doug Martin rushed 15 times for 48 yards and caught 7-of-7 targets for 60 yards in the Bucs' Week 17 loss to Carolina.

Martin won't overtake Adrian Peterson for the NFL rushing title, but he'll finish second in the league to put a bow on a remarkable bounce-back season. Credit goes to Rotoworld's Ray Summerlin for beating the Martin drum all spring and summer. After disappointing seasons in 2013 and 2014, Martin rebounded to average nearly five yards per carry on a whopping 273 rushing attempts in OC Dirk Koetter's run-committed system. Martin is an impending free agent, but the Bucs want him back. They should be willing to pay Martin upwards of $6 million per year, though anything above that would be sketchy for a running back coming off a breakout contract season.
Jan 3 - 7:39 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said the team has opened contract negotiations with impending free agent RB Doug Martin.

"We’ve already talked a little bit," Licht said. "We will definitely be talking (more). We’d love to have Doug back." Martin has also expressed a desire to return to Tampa Bay. The sheer quality of the upcoming free agent class could dent Martin's value a little, but he put himself in a great position with 1,565 total yards and counting in his contract year and would be the most coveted back available if he reaches the open market. The Bucs declined to pick up Martin's $5.6 million fifth-year option last offseason. They might end up regretting that decision.
Jan 2 - 1:02 PM

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter said Wednesday that he'll "lobby hard" for the team to re-sign impending free agent Doug Martin.

With one game left to play, Martin is 64 yards shy of current NFL rushing leader Adrian Peterson and leads the league in 20-plus-yard runs. Hired this past offseason from Atlanta, Koetter was Martin's first and biggest vocal supporter even after the Bucs declined Martin's fifth-year rookie option. We suspect Martin will return to the Buccaneers, but the price may be steep.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 08:08:00 PM

Doug Martin rushed 17 times for 49 yards and a touchdown and caught one of three targets for six yards in the Buccaneers' Week 16 loss to the Bears.

Martin began the day with a gift four-yard touchdown after the Bucs blocked a punt to set up a first-and-goal. Things unraveled quickly after that as Martin proceeded to lose two fumbles. The first came in the second quarter when Martin was rocked by Harold Jones-Quartey after hauling in a screen pass from Jameis Winston. John Timu scooped up the fumble. The second fumble landed Martin on the bench for most of the fourth quarter. At least Martin was able to take back the league lead in rushing though Adrian Peterson should regain that later tonight. This wasn’t one of Martin’s better outings but he remains a firm RB1 for next week’s season finale against Carolina.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:38:00 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Doug Martin winning the rushing title is "important."

"I think it's important to our offensive line to help Doug Martin be the leading rusher in the league," Smith said. "It's important. It's always about the team goals at the end, but there's some individual things going on to be able to remember this season by." OC Dirk Koetter threw some cold water on Lovie's comments by saying the framework of the offense will not change to get Martin more carries, but it is possible Martin stays on the field more often even in negative game-flow situations over the final two games. Martin is great RB1 play at home as a favorite against the Bears.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 09:19:00 AM

Doug Martin totaled 91 yards on 18 carries and caught one of two targets for six yards in the Buccaneers' Week 15 loss to the Rams.

Martin got off to a booming start with 68 yards in the first half. However, he was stuffed by Aaron Donald on a fourth-down chance and later committed a costly fumble. Martin holds the league lead in rushing yards but that will only last until Adrian Peterson plays on Sunday. Though any chance the Bucs had at making the postseason likely went out the window with Thursday’s loss, Martin deserves credit for putting together a fabulous bounceback season. He’ll be on the RB1 spectrum next week against the Bears.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 12:12:00 AM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith said game flow was the reason Doug Martin saw just 11 carries against the Saints.

"First off, how many plays, time of possession did we have?" Smith said. "There's a lot of [factors] other than Doug didn't get the ball that many times." Smith is correct in that Tampa Bay only ran 52 plays against the Saints, but Martin gashed New Orleans all game and put them in a position to tie with a 24-yard run in the fourth quarter. Jameis Winston threw three straight incompletions, however, and the Bucs ended up losing. Luckily for Martin owners, it is unlikely the Rams build a big lead Thursday night, meaning Martin should get plenty of work. He remains an RB1.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Doug Martin rushed 11 times for 81 yards and a touchdown and caught one of three targets for five yards in the Buccaneers' Week 14 loss to the Saints.

Martin followed a great block to a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He only saw five carries in the second half as the Bucs were forced to air it out. Martin is still on pace for a career-high 1,494 yards and only trails Adrian Peterson by 37 yards for the league lead. He’ll be an RB1 against the Rams on Thursday night.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:17:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman believes there is "mutual interest" between contract-year RB Doug Martin and the Bucs on a new deal.

The Bucs have already expressed their desire to re-sign Martin, and it would make sense for Martin to want to stick around in the only NFL home he has ever known. Of course, Tampa Bay could have already had Martin under contract for next season, but they declined to pick up his $5.6 million fifth-year option last spring. That could prove to be a costly mistake. Martin is second in the league with 1,133 rushing yards.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 09:54:00 AM

Doug Martin rushed 25 times for 95 yards and a touchdown and caught 1-of-2 targets for five yards Week 13 against the Falcons.

Martin opened the game with six-straight carries and looked to be on his way to a huge game after the first quarter. Atlanta tightened up after the first frame, but Martin was still able to find the end zone on a one-yard leap in the third quarter. It was his first score since Week 5. The touchdown was set up by big plays from Charles Sims, who took over for a couple possessions after Martin fumbled in the fourth. Martin still dominated touches, however, and has firmly established himself as an RB1. He will be a high-end option next week against New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 06:03:00 PM

Doug Martin had 14 carries for 97 yards and caught 1-of-3 targets for one yard in the Bucs' Week 12 loss to the Colts.

Martin got most of his yards on a 56-yard third-quarter run. He was held out of the end-zone, but had a two-yard touchdown called back. Martin went over 1,000 yards on the season for the first time since 2012. He'll remain locked in as a RB1 for Week 13 against the Falcons.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 04:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jameis Winston
2Mike Glennon
3Ryan Griffin
RB1Charles Sims
2Mike James
GLB1Charles Sims
2Mike James
3RB1Charles Sims
2Mike James
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Mike Evans
2Louis Murphy
3Donteea Dye
4Kenny Bell
5Evan Spencer
WR21Vincent Jackson
2Russell Shepard
3Adam Humphries
4Bernard Reedy
5Andre Davis
WR31Louis Murphy
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Luke Stocker
3Cameron Brate
4Brandon Myers
5Tevin Westbrook
LT1Donovan Smith
2Demar Dotson
LG1Logan Mankins
2Jeremiah Warren
3Ben Gottschalk
C1Joe Hawley
2Josh Allen
RG1Ali Marpet
2Antoine Everett
RT1Gosder Cherilus
2Kevin Pamphile
K1Connor Barth