By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: October 26th, 2014 at 11:32 am EST
This morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are receiving phone calls for a potential trade involving running back Doug Martin. According to sources, the team is looking for a 3rd or 4th round pick in return for the former Boise State player.
Martin, who has been a disappointment this season, has 139 yards on 48 carries and a touchdown. That’s 2.9 yards per carry in four starts.
Should they move on without Martin, it would be the second trade deadline that a recent running back drafted was dealt. Last year, the Cleveland Browns were able to acquire a first round pick in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts for Trent Richardson, who was the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
In addition, with Martin missing time this season, Bobby Rainey has been a capable back. Plus, rookie third-round pick Charles Sims is returning from short-term injured reserve next week.
Martin hasn’t played in a game since October 12th against the Baltimore Ravens. In that game, in which the Bucs were destroyed, he had 11 carries for 45 yards. He also has 7 receptions for 55 yards on the season.
Last season, he only played in six games, where he had 127 rushes for 456 yards. He also had a touchdown and one 100-yard rushing game, while having 12 receptions for 66 yards.
As a rookie, he started all 16 games with 319 rushes for 1,454 rushing yards with 5 100-yard rushing games. He also had 11 rushing touchdowns. He added 49 receptions for 472 yards and a touchdown, too.
He is scheduled to make $1.315 million next season. Following the 2015 season, he will become a free agent.