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Bucs hang onto running back Doug Martin

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With about an hour and a half before the start of the free agent market, one of the top running backs has decided not to join it.

According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the Buccaneers have agreed to a deal to keep running back Doug Martin home. ESPN’s Adam Schefter put the deal at five years for $35 million.

The Bucs cost themselves some money by not using the fifth-year option on his rookie contract which was available to them, but they were at least able to hang onto now.

That gives some degree of stability to an offense that made some strides under quarterback Jameis Winston last year.

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5 Responses to “Bucs hang onto running back Doug Martin”
  1. kurdishpats1 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:42 PM

    I think the days of paying RBs big money are coming back.

    But the teams that can avoid this, are usually in the playoff hunt.

  2. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 9, 2016 2:45 PM

    Martin is from Oakland , I guess he did not like the ideal of playing in front of his family more then 8 times a year!!!

  3. milkmandanimal says: Mar 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    Sounds like in reality a three-year deal with two additional years that will probably never happen. Basically gets Martin a big chunk of change that carries him up to his 30th birthday, when the wheels pretty much invariably come off all RBs. Looks like a win-win situation for everybody involved.

  4. bucbearpig says: Mar 9, 2016 2:50 PM

    goraidersgospurs says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:45 PM
    Martin is from Oakland , I guess he did not like the ideal of playing in front of his family more then 8 times a year!!!

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    Or maybe, once someone gets out of Oakland, they don’t want to return

  5. noleitup says: Mar 9, 2016 2:58 PM

    Sweet. Glad hes stayin here. May not have that long speed but the guy runs hard and makes plays.

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