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Doug Martin | Running Back | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/13/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 223
College: Boise State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (31) / TB
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Suspended Bucs RB Doug Martin completed his rehab stint in February.
Martin checked into rehab after testing positive for Adderall, which triggered a four-game PED suspension. He met with coach Dirk Koetter and GM Jason Licht before the Combine and was reportedly in good spirits. Following rehab, Martin was expected to train in California in preparation for OTAs. It remains unclear if Martin factors into the Bucs' 2017 plans. He is suspended until Week 4. Mar 19 - 9:14 AM

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Bucs GM Jason Licht said the team "may not be so grim" at running back.

It suggests Tampa could go into 2017 without adding another back. The Bucs re-signed Jacquizz Rodgers and haven't given up on suspended RB Doug Martin. Barring a draft upgrade, Rodgers and Charles Sims could open the season in a committee.
Mar 11 - 6:17 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht echoed coach Dirk Koetter's comments regarding Doug Martin on Wednesday, remaining noncommittal on retaining the $36 million running back.

Martin's four-game drug suspension voided the guaranteed money in his deal, and he is due no offseason roster bonuses which would have given the Bucs a deadline to decide Martin's fate. "We've checked in with Doug," Licht said. "His well-being is very important to us. We don't have to make a decision right now." The Bucs could conceivably wait until deep into the offseason to release Martin, putting him in a terrible spot from a market-value standpoint.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 1 - 8:58 PM

Speaking Wednesday at the Combine, coach Dirk Koetter was noncommittal about suspended RB Doug Martin's future with the Bucs.

Specifically, Koetter stated "we don't have to make a decision on Doug Martin right now," and the Bucs are "going to let the process play out." Koetter did add Martin is "in town and he looked great and sounded good," the last time they spoke. Koetter also believes Martin is "extremely motivated" to prove "getting the second contract didn't lessen his motivation." After inking a five-year, $36 million deal last offseason, Martin battled repeated hamstring woes, averaged a career-worst 2.9 years per carry, and was suspended for violating the NFL's drug policy. He won't be eligible to play until Week 4 of the 2017 season.
Mar 1 - 11:07 AM

WFLA’s Roy Cummings reports the Bucs haven’t given up on suspended RB Doug Martin for 2017.

The Bucs can get out of Martin’s contract without any guaranteed money, but "intend to play the situation out." Tampa is still expected to add depth through the draft/free agency with Martin set to miss the first three games of the regular season. The Bucs currently have Charles Sims, Peyton Barber, and Russell Hansbrough behind Martin on their depth chart.
Feb 15 - 5:21 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud doesn't believe Doug Martin is part of the Bucs' plans for 2017.

"You have to address the running back situation," Stroud said. "I don’t think Martin is going to be part of their plans, short- or long-term, in my opinion. That’s just me." Tampa Bay has an easy out with Martin. As a result of his failed drug test, the guaranteed money on his deal was voided, and the Bucs can get out of it scot-free. Martin just turned 28 earlier this month and has had one good season since his 2012 rookie year. GM Jason Licht figures to overhaul this backfield.
Jan 25 - 10:04 AM

Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds expects the Bucs to release Doug Martin this offseason.

Martin’s future is up in the air coming off a career-worst year. His suspension voids all guaranteed money from his $7 million base salary next season, giving Tampa a chance to get out of his deal. With Charles Sims injured and entering a contract year, the Bucs could look to draft a running back. Martin should be one of the top storylines this offseason.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 08:02:00 PM

Updating an earlier report, Doug Martin tested positive for Adderall.

That's what triggered his failed drug test and a four-game suspension. It was surprising that Martin said he was seeking treatment after testing positive for a PED, as those aren't usually associated with dependency issues. By NFL rules, Adderall is considered a PED when taken during the season but is classified under the league's substance abuse policy in the offseason. Either way, Martin's season is over. Martin signed a five-year deal with Tampa Bay last offseason after earning All-Pro honors in 2015.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 06:42:00 PM

NFL suspended Buccaneers RB Doug Martin four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Martin plans to check into a treatment facility right away. This comes on the heels of a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who said Martin would be leaving the team to "take care of personal issues." "Our primary concern is that he takes his time to focus on getting the help he needs," said GM Jason Licht in a statement released on Wednesday. This could explain Martin's mysterious absence in Week 16. He'll miss Sunday's regular season finale as well as the first three games of 2017. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the suspension voids all guaranteed money from Martin's $7 million base salary for next season. Right now, Martin's future with the Bucs is as clear as mud.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:12:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports Doug Martin will be inactive for the Bucs' Week 17 finale against the Panthers.

The Bucs are signing Russell Hansbrough off the Giants' practice squad to fill out their running back depth chart. Jacquizz Rodgers will likely continue to operate as the Buccaneers' lead back, with Charles Sims mixing in on passing downs. Martin turns 28 next month and is owed a $7 million base salary in 2017. It's certainly fair to wonder if he's played his final snap in Tampa Bay.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 01:20:00 AM

When asked about benching Doug Martin in Week 16, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said, "We have four backs and we can't give them all touches."

The Bucs' backfield is finally healthy but we never thought Martin would be the odd man out. Coming off an All-Pro campaign in 2015, Martin has been a major disappointment this year, averaging a mere 2.9 yards per carry with three touchdowns over eight contests. It's pretty telling that Koetter was willing to bench his $35 million running back in a game with playoff implications. Jacquizz Rodgers played well enough to retain the starting job (63 yards and a touchdown versus New Orleans) but it's unclear who will get the nod for next week's regular season finale against Carolina.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 08:32:00 AM

The Bucs have described Doug Martin's Week 16 healthy scratch as a "coach's decision."

There was no illness or pre-game injury. The Bucs have simply decided Martin isn't one of their three best running backs as they seek a playoff spot. They'll roll with Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber against the Saints. Rodgers should be the primary option on early downs, but Sims is the favorite to lead in touches. Martin has really struggled since returning from his hamstring injury, but it's still a stunning, playing-with-fire decision.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 03:26:00 PM

Doug Martin is inactive for Week 16 against the Saints.

Unless Martin suffered an injury in pre-game warmups, he's a healthy scratch for the fantasy finals. The stunning turn of events leaves Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims to form a committee in the Bucs' backfield. Rodgers will be the leader on early downs, but Sims will likely have a touch edge. He's the preferred option for Martin owners suddenly in a desperate situation. Outside Tampa, Alfred Blue is an ideal plug-and-play. Also inactive for the Bucs are QB Ryan Griffin, WR Bernard Reedy, DT John Hughes, RT Demar Dotson, OT Gosder Cherilus and DE William Gholston.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 02:58:00 PM

Doug Martin had 16 carries for 42 yards in Week 15 against Dallas.

It was more of the same from Martin, who averaged under 3.0 YPC. He didn't have much room against a tough Dallas run defense. Martin has given the Bucs next to nothing since returning from a hamstring injury, but is locked into a featured role. He'll be a mid-range RB2 against the Saints in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 11:42:00 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said, "There’s nothing wrong with Doug Martin."

"Doug has been running hard," Koetter said. "What we’ve got to do is give him more lanes." Much has been made about Martin's sub-3 yards-per-carry average since returning from injury, but Koetter thinks the back has been making something out of nothing. Unfortunately, those effort yards have not amounted to much for fantasy owners. With a tough matchup against the Cowboys up next, Martin will be no better than a mid-range RB2.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 10:52:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jameis Winston
2Ryan Griffin
3Sean Renfree
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Jacquizz Rodgers
4Peyton Barber
5Russell Hansbrough
GLB1Doug Martin
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Charles Sims
2Doug Martin
FB1Austin Johnson
2Quayvon Hicks
WR11Mike Evans
2Freddie Martino
3Josh Huff
4Derel Walker
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Adam Humphries
3Donteea Dye
4Bernard Reedy
WR31Adam Humphries
TE1Cameron Brate
2Luke Stocker
3Alan Cross
4Kivon Cartwright
5Tevin Westbrook
LT1Donovan Smith
2Leonard Wester
LG1J.R. Sweezy
2Josh Allen
3Michael Liedtke
C1Joe Hawley
2Evan Smith
3Ben Gottschalk
4James Stone
RG1Ali Marpet
2Caleb Benenoch
3Jarvis Harrison
RT1Demar Dotson
2Kevin Pamphile
K1Nick Folk
2Roberto Aguayo