In statements made to reporters at the Scouting Combine, GM Jason Licht expressed confidence that Doug Martin will re-sign, and that he will be meeting with Martin’s agent to discuss terms, within the next few days. Licht stated that he knows Doug Martin wants to remain a Buc and that the Bucs want him to remain, but also, acknowledge that there were in fact, always obstacles.
One of those obstacles could be the fact that Doug Martin may be looking to cash-in on a big contract similar to a 5-year $40million dollar deal, DeMarco Murray signed with the Eagles. Considering the Buccaneers will not likely offer that kind of money, he could hold out and test the free agency, as foretold. However, it is highly unlikely that he would even receive that kind of deal on the open market although it is not out of the realm of possibility.
Martin’s amazing rookie season was followed by two down season where injuries had kept him from playing, but bounced back last season and gave a similar performance to his rookie one. Last season’s performance earned him a number two ranking in the NFL and his second trip to the Pro Bowl.