Doug Martin RUMORS & NEWS

  • Doug Martin agrees to five-year deal with Buccaneers

    NFL.com "Doug Martin is staying in Tampa Bay. The running back has agreed to a five-year deal worth $35.75 million with the Buccaneers, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport." March 09

  • Running back Doug Martin nearing deal with Bucs, to be paid $6.85 million annually

    Today's Pigskin "According to a report from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are close to re-signing running back Doug Martin. While the length of the deal has yet to surface, Stroud adds that Martin will earn approximately $6.85 million annually with the new contract. Although the..." March 09

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    Rand Getlin @Rand_Getlin

    Thought Oakland was done? I'm told they are now entering the Doug Martin sweepstakes. He could be scary behind that upgraded offensive line.

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    Talks between Martin’s agent, Brian Murphy and Bucs GM Jason Licht Saturday failed to close the gap to prevent Martin from being a FA.

  • RB Martin more likely to sign deal outside of Tampa Bay

    Tampa Bay Times "Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has made no secret of his desire to sign a new contract that will allow him to return to Tampa Bay for the 2016 season and beyond. But as contract negotiations between the would-be free agent and the Bucs drag on, the chances of the two-time Pro Bowler..." February 26

  • "Good chance" Buccaneers re-sign Doug Martin, let Bobby Rainey walk

    Bucs Nation "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a "good chance" of re-signing Doug Martin, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports, weeks after claiming that Martin is likely to hit free agency. The Bucs will meet with Martin's agent in Indianapolis this week, as they will with most NFL agents, but deals like..." February 23

  • Martin Likely Won’t Receive Franchise Tag From Bucs

    Pewter Report "The Buccaneers understand the value and importance that All-Pro running back Doug Martin brings to the offense. Now the question for Tampa Bay’s front office is how does that translate into dollars and cents? Martin is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on March 9, and both sides are..." February 18

  • Doug Martin will "test the market" in free agency

    Bucs Nation "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not re-sign Doug Martin before the start of free agency next month. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times claims that the Bucs aren't likely to meet Martin's asking price, and may look at cheaper options in free agency to replace Martin. "We've had great discussions,..." February 12

  • Buccaneers "likely" to re-sign Doug Martin

    Bucs Nation "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to do one thing before free agency opens: re-sign running back Doug Martin. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, that's very likely to happen. Tampa Bay and Doug Martin are likely to figure out a deal that works for both sides, which would take one of the top running..." February 09

  • Doug Martin: “You have to” give 100 percent in Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers running back Doug Martin might be headed for free agency. But first he’s in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, and Martin said this week he won’t be letting up when the pads come on Sunday night. “It’s a nice vacation setting but when it comes to playing the game, you have to go 100 percent,”..." January 31

  • Bucs Begin Contract Extension Talks With RB Martin

    Pewter Report "The Senior Bowl is not only a place where all 32 teams watch the best senior talent available in the NFL Draft as well as the NFL’s largest job market, it’s also a place where agents and general managers meet to begin preliminary contract talks. PewterReport.com has learned that such discussions..." January 28

  • Bucs RB Martin Gets Early Vote Of Confidence

    Pewter Report "Free agency wheeling and dealing doesn’t begin until March but Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin picked up an early vote of confidence from his new head coach. The Buccaneers officially introduced Dirk Koetter as the franchise’s replacement for Lovie Smith with a Friday afternoon press..." January 19

  • Buccaneers' Martin enters contract negotiations

    Tampa Tribune "The Buccaneers decided not to wait until the end of the season to begin negotiations aimed at signing two-time Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin to a new contract. Martin and Bucs general manager Jason Licht acknowledged discussions designed to keep Martin from hitting the free-agent market have already..." January 02

  • Buccaneers' offensive line focuses on rushing title for Doug Martin

    ESPN "With the goal of making it to the playoffs gone, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive line turns its focus on another mission: Help running back Doug Martin win the NFL rushing title. Martin currently has 1,305 yards, nine fewer than the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson with two games to..." December 24

  • Doug Martin doesn’t like talking about his contract year

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers running back Doug Martin didn’t like his old nickname. He also doesn’t like inquiries about his current circumstances. Martin, in final year of his rookie deal after the team opted not to pick up his fifth-year option for 2016, despises talking about his contract. “You know,..." November 28

  • Keeping hot RB Martin off free-agent market a Bucs priority

    Tampa Tribune "The Bucs had a $4.3-million decision to make regarding RB Doug Martin last offseason, and at the time it was an easy one. After watching Martin struggle through two difficult seasons, the Bucs opted not to pick up the $5.6-million, fifth-year option on his contract, leaving him with a $1.3..." November 24

  • Doug Martin won’t be traded

    Pro Football Talk "Last year, the Buccaneers were exploring the possibility of trading 2012 first-round running back Doug Martin. Then he suffered an ankle injury, and that was that. This year, as Martin works through the last year of his rookie contract, a trade is even less likely. Per a league source with..." November 02

  • Doug Martin Would Like to Be Called "Dougernaut," Not "Muscle Hamster"

    The Big Lead "Doug Martin hates the nickname “Muscle Hamster” that was bestowed on him at Boise State. He’s been trying since his rookie year in 2012 to get it to go away, when he said: “It has to be the worst nickname ever. I can’t shake it. It started in college, started back in Boise, with our linemen. I..." October 22

  • Let’s come up with a new nickname for Doug Martin

    Pro Football Talk "In 2012, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin took the league by storm as a rookie — and along the way he acquired one of the more popular NFL nicknames in recent years: The Muscle Hamster. But there was one problem with that name. Martin hates it. “You just don’t think of, you know, that’s..." October 18

  • Healthier, leaner Bucs RB Doug Martin flashes old form

    Tampa Bay Times "It is only a few pounds. So few, in fact, you can barely even tell they’re gone. That’s why you wouldn’t think the loss would make that much of a difference. Doug Martin certainly didn’t think it would. The Buccaneers are convinced, though, that Martin’s decision to lose a few pounds this..." August 27

  • Doug Martin wants NFL to stop calling him 'Muscle Hamster'

    Fox Sports "The holiday season is a few months away, and Doug Martin won’t be asking for any fancy new toys. He just wants everyone to stop calling him by that dumb nickname. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back earned the nickname “Muscle Hamster” back in college thanks to a few Boise State teammates..." August 26

  • Doug Martin lost 20 pounds, earns Dirk Koetter's praise

    Bucs Nation "The Doug Martin hype train continues, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to rely on him as their main running back in training camp. He's set to be the starter, and should get the main share of the carries throughout the season. And now offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is joining the long list..." August 12

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    Chris Wesseling @ChrisWesseling

    “Apparently Doug Martin looks fantastic … they’re all excited that we’re going to see the Doug Martin of 2012” — Mayock, on @nflnetwork

  • Doug Martin ready to break out in 2015 for the Buccaneers

    This Given Sunday "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping to take a big step forward in their rebuilding process during the upcoming 2015 season, and Doug Martin is a huge part of their upcoming season. Martin showed legitimate superstar potential during his rookie season, but has fallen off in a big way since then...." August 08

  • Bucs' Doug Martin knows it's time to perform

    Tampa Bay Times "We could be nice. We could ease into this thing by talking about how hard Doug Martin worked in the offseason to become leaner, stronger and faster. • We could talk about that easy smile or his aw-shucks, I'm-just-here-to-help-the-team humility. Maybe throw in an anecdote about signing autographs..." August 04

  • Doug Martin wants to lose 'Muscle Hamster' forever

    NFL.com "As Doug Martin fights to get back to the heights of his rookie year, he continues to run away from that unique nickname. You know the one. "The name 'Muscle Hamster' is the worst nickname possibly ever given to somebody," Martin told USA Today at Bucs minicamp on Wednesday. "I hope it changes,..." June 18

  • Licht: Bucs haven’t ruled out re-signing RB Martin

    Tampa Tribune "You wouldn’t know it from the contract maneuver they made this week, but it seems the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have some long-term plans for former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin. The Bucs opted this week not to exercise the fifth-year option they hold on Martin’s contract, which means he is..." May 07

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    #Bucs have decided NOT to pick up the fifth year option on RB Doug Martin. Former first round pick will become a free agent at the end '15

  • Bucs decline 2016 option for RB Doug Martin

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs will not pick up their fifth-year option for running back Doug Martin, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season. Martin, who rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie, has been limited by injuries the last two seasons. Backup Bobby Rainey..." May 04

  • Buccaneers have to make a decision on Doug Martin before May 3

    Bucs Nation "The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to decide whether or not to pick up Doug Martin's fifth-year option by May 3 of this year. The running back is entering the final year of his four-year rookie contract, and the option would keep him in Tampa through the 2016 season. The Bucs may not want the Muscle..." April 13

  • Is Doug Martin expendable?

    ESPN "There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of the Buccaneers trading quarterback Mike Glennon. That makes sense because Glennon could have more value to other teams than he does for the Bucs, who probably ly will draft Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 overall pick. If the..." April 01

  • Patriots may eye Doug Martin; Michael Griffin on block

    Cincy Jungle "The NFL trade deadline ends Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. ET, and we're taking a look at the latest rumors and rumblings of players who could get dealt. TheMMQB's Peter King doesn't anticipate an active NFL trade deadline, but says that Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter could be one the block,..." October 28

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    #Bucs will consider offers for two former first-RD picks: RB Doug Martin and S Mark Barron as trade deadline approaches. .

  • Buccaneers' Doug Martin: Breakout game is coming

    NFL.com "Doug Martin hasn't found the right footing since his breakout rookie campaign in 2012. After missing most of last season with a shoulder injury, Martin missed two games for the Buccaneers this year with a knee injury. In the time he has been on the field he hasn't looked great. Martin hasn't..." October 11

  • Bucs sticking with RB Martin in ground game

    Tampa Tribune "Lovie Smith has been an NFL head coach for more than a decade, and during that time developed a reputation for being extremely loyal, particularly when it comes to quarterbacks. It seems his loyalty extends to running backs, as well. Though he has yet to provide even a hint of the form that..." October 09

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    Roy Cummings @RCummingsTBO

    Bucs RB Doug Martin said today that he is back to 100-percent and is anxious to get back on the field and prove he's still an impact player

  • As Martin has struggled, Rainey has come up big for Bucs

    Tampa Tribune "Are the Buccaneers putting their bell cow out to pasture? Only two years removed from a spectacular rookie season, running back Doug Martin is seeking to reclaim his space in a crowded backfield. A new regime is eager to see the burst and elusiveness that helped Martin gain 1,926 yards from..." September 17

  • Lovie Smith will reduce Doug Martin’s workload to keep him healthy

    Pro Football Talk "Doug Martin got the ball 495 times in his first 21 NFL games. And in his 22nd game, Martin suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Now the new Bucs coaching staff is saying that in order to preserve Martin’s health, he’ll get a smaller workload than the old coaching staff gave him. Offensive..." June 11

  • Buccaneers will not trade Doug Martin despite drafting Charles Sims

    Bucs Nation "When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Charles Sims in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft, people seemed confused. What do the Bucs need another running back for? They already have four of them! And why did they not address the guard position at that point? Does this mean they don't like Doug..." May 13

  • Doug Martin says he's OK to play

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin tweeted Monday that he has been cleared to return from the shoulder injury that derailed his 2013 season. Martin had told the Tampa Bay Times that he expected to be cleared to return to full activity this week. He sustained the season-ending..." March 31

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    Smith says their offense is a running attack that can pass the football. Doug Martin will be the bell cow but they will have backup help.

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    #Bucs coach Greg Schiano said RB Doug Martin's shoulder gained strength but not to the point where he could play.

  • Buccaneers RB Martin placed on IR, ending 2nd season

    SB Nation "The second-year running back suffered a torn labrum in Week 7 and will finally go to injured reserve, ending his 2013 season. The 2013 season is over for Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, as the team placed the second-year back on injured reserve on Friday, three weeks after he..." November 08

  • Martin's Timetable Still Uncertain

    NFL.com "Running back Doug Martin's injured shoulder is improving by the day, but his status for the remainder of the 2013 season is not gaining clarity as quickly. The Buccaneers remain hopeful that their leading rusher can return to the backfield this season but have not yet reached the point where they..." November 07

  • Bucs will decide on Martin by Monday, leaning IR

    Pro Football Talk "Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said yesterday he was holding out hope for a return from his shoulder injury. But the Bucs also know the clock’s ticking, and won’t wait much longer. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Bucs will make a decision on Martin’s future prior to..." November 07

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    #Bucs G Davin Joseph, G Cark Nicks, RB Jeff Demps, RB Doug Martin were not at the portion of practice open to media today.

  • Goldson and Martin could return Monday against Dolphins

    Tampa Bay Times "The Bucs could be closer to getting a couple of their top players back on the field. Of the Bucs injured starters, coach Greg Schiano said safety Dashon Goldson (left knee) is the furthest along in his recovery. Goldson, who missed the last two games, could possibly return Monday against the..." November 04

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    Scott Smith @ScottSBucs

    Coach Schiano: Doug Martin will hopefully mend up and be able to play soon, but right now he can't.

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Said on @nflnetwork: #Bucs are optimistic at getting RB Doug Martin (torn labrum) back this season. Play 1 game in 18 days after tonight

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    Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

    Bucs ruled out Doug Martin for tomorrow. Still TBD on long-term timeframe.