The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are close to retaining running back Doug Martin. He can’t officially re-sign with the team until the new league year starts on March 9th at 4 pm.
According to Tampa Bay Times Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud, he’ll receive an extension in the neighborhood of $6.85 million. The Jacksonville Jaguars were interested in signing Martin, before they reached an agreement with Chris Ivory, which can’t be official until Wednesday, as well.
Martin reportedly had at least six teams interested in his services, according to NFL.com on Monday.
Martin had 288 carries for 1,402 yards last season and six touchdowns.
This was his first 1,000-yard season since his rookie campaign in 2012. Both seasons he played an entire season and has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons before to 2015.
This past season he was second in the NFL behind Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had 1,485 yards. Peterson won the rushing title before the final game of the season.
With his injuries, Martin couldn’t get near the $8 million that DeMarco Murray received when he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last March.
Martin gives first-year head coach Dirk Keotter another weapon to build around promising quarterback Jameis Winston under center. With Charles Sims, the Bucs have one of the best backfield combinations.
He cashes in as the Bucs show that they’re not messing around when it comes to building for the future.
In his four-year career, he has 868 carries for 3,806 yards and 20 touchdowns. His longest rush came last season when he broke loose for an 84-yard run.
He has a 107 receptions for 873 yards and two more touchdowns.
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