Doug Martin: “I love Tampa and Tampa loves me”


Doug Martin spoke with Mike Florio on PFT Live from Radio Row at the Super Bowl on Thursday, he stated that he wishes to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I love Tampa and Tampa loves me,” Martin said. “I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa.”

Doug Martin also confirms, that his agents are in contract negotiations, with the Buccaneers, and he also stated that if an agreement could not be found in the next couple of weeks that Tampa could use the franchise tag to keep him, and he would play out next season, as such.

“I’ll play the year and we’ll see what happens,” Martin said if he was to be labeled a franchise player. “Those negotiations are being talked about behind the scenes.”

Dirk Koetter has expressed his want of Martin, and GM Jason Licht agrees on this, so I would expect things to hash out very soon.

In 2015, Doug Martin’s rookie contract came to an end and Tampa declined to pick up the fifth-year option, and it proved to be a costly mistake. But then again, there was no telling which Doug Martin would have shown up. 

Well, the Dougernaut did, and I’m pretty sure he’s here to stay.