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NFL Breaking News: Doug Martin re-signs with the Buccaneers

After much speculation and discussion Adam Schefter has reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Running Back Doug Martin have agreed to a


After much speculation and discussion Adam Schefter has reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Running Back Doug Martin have agreed to a new 5 year deal worth over $35 million. If that report is accurate then Martin would be the proud owner of the 5th largest contract among running backs. Martin burst onto the scene in 2012 after being drafted 31st overall by Tampa Bay. He smashed and banged his way to 1,926 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns, including an incredible 272 yard, four-touchdown day against Oakland. Unfortunately his next two years were blighted by injury and poor production. His yards per carry dropped from 4.6 in his rookie year to 3.6 in 2013 and 3.7 in 2014. There were serious concerns that Martin was just a one hit wonder and that the Bucs would have to move on, they even declined to pick up his 2016 option. However before the 2015 season Martin lost around 20 pounds, that translated to faster, more consistent play on the field and a return to form. Martin played all 16 games and finished with a fantastic 1,673 yards from scrimmage and 4.9 yards per carry. He was even named a 1st team All-Pro. As a result Tampa Bay are now paying for not picking up his option. This new contract, which guarantees Martin at least $15 million, is the cost of Martin proving himself last season. Tampa Bay can at least afford to retain the services of someone who, when healthy, can produce at an elite level, but it will certainly sting a little for the Tampa Bay front office to be proven wrong in this situation.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

NFL Breaking News: Doug Martin re-signs with the Buccaneers

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