Doug Martin RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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 "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 "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 "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.

  • Bucs RB Doug Martin says injury not season-ending

    Tampa Tribune "Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin said Tuesday the left shoulder injury he suffered on Sunday is not the season-ender some have suggested. “No’’ Martin said when asked during his weekly radio show if the injury might end his season. “Right now I’m doing treatment on it with the..." October 23

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    MRI Monday for Tampa: Bucs RB Doug Martin will have MRI on shoulder S Dashon Goldson will have MRI on knee. Tough for Martin to play Thurs.

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    As if the #Bucs needed more bad news: I'm told the shoulder injury to RB Doug Martin is serious. Could be out several weeks or longer.

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    As @MikeGarafolo said Bucs RB Doug Martin suffered a torn labrum yesterday against the Falcons and is out for the year.

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    Roy Cummings @RCummingsTBO

    Bucs coach Greg Schiano says it will be a stretch for RB Doug Martin to play this week. Says team does not believe injury is season ending

  • Reports Say Bucs' Doug Martin Could Be Lost For The Season

    Pewter Report "The Buccaneers season of bad news may have just gotten worse as multiple Twitter reports say that starting running back Doug Martin could be out for the season after suffering a torn labrum in Sunday’s 31-23 loss to the Falcons. Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud who spoke to a source in..." October 21

  • Buccaneers Doug Martin optimistic; Dashon Goldson unlikely to play Thursday

    Bucs Nation "Doug Martin and Dashon Goldson don't have long-term injuries but they could both miss Thursday's game. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to be luck with Doug Martin's injury. The running back suffered a shoulder injury in the 31-23 loss against the Atlanta Falcons but he told the Tampa Bay Times..." October 20

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    #Bucs RB Doug Martin says x-rays were good and did not show a separated left shoulder. His arm was in a sling after the game.

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    John Clayton @ClaytonESPN

    Doug Martin in lockerrom with a shoulder injury

  • Bucs ready to unleash RB Martin

    Tampa Tribune "Doug Martin’s teammates are eagerly anticipating Sunday’s opener against the Jets when the Little Engine That Could of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers begins his quest to top a glorious rookie season. The Bucs kept Martin under protective wraps in August limiting him to only three carries in the first..." September 02

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    Stephen Holder @HolderStephen

    Doug martin says he did not sustain a concussion on hit in first quarter

  • Bucs' RB Doug Martin passes concussion tests

    Tampa Bay Times "Bucs RB Doug Martin's night got off to a bad start and got only worse. But he did escape a major injury. A missed block by Martin contributed to QB Josh Freeman taking a sack on the Bucs' first offensive play in Friday's 25-21 preseason loss to the Patriots. Later Martin in pass protection..." August 17

  • Should The Buccaneers Pursue Willis McGahee As Insurance For Martin?

    The Pewter Plank "It seems the stellar success of Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ running back Doug Martin, who showed sustained greatness over his rookie campaign, led the Bucs to believe him the Iron Man of the NFC South. The Muscle Hamster toted the rock 319 times, an average of 20 times per game. Bucs’ fans could be..." June 23

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    Rick Stroud @NFLSTROUD

    Schiano says RB Doug Martin looks better physically this year and can improve his game to another level in his second year.