Today, the Buccaneers dished out the dough to one of the NFL’s best running backs in Doug Martin. Martin will be in Tampa for five more years and will make $35.75 mil that could reach up to $42.5 mil, according to Ian Rapoport. Martin will also receive $15 mil in guaranteed money, per Mike Garafolo.
Martin had a great rookie season by setting great numbers, but struggled in 2013 and 2014 seasons with injuries, which he had a bad offensive line. Then 2015 came and boy, Martin was the man in charge and it looked like he was going to lead the NFL with the most yards picked up, but fell short to Adrian Peterson. What helped Martin was the ability to stay healthy by shedding 20 to 25 pounds and that his offensive line was one of the best in the league.
In addition, the 27-year-old running back finished his Pro Bowl campaign by playing in all 16 games and picked up 1402 rushing yards (4.9 yards per carry) on 288 rushing attempts. He scored 6 rushing touchdowns. Martin also had a nice year in the receiving department, which is Charles Sims main job. Martin caught the football 33 times for 271 yards (8.2 yards per catch) and scored once.
Finally, Martin will join Charles Sims and Mike James as the only backs on the roster. Martin also picked up his longest run of his career, which was 84 yards long. This move saves the Bucs a draft pick to spend on another position. Martin was the best running back on the open market.