Martin and Gruden find homes in another Bay – Daniel Beebe


When Tampa Bay selected Doug Martin with the 31st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, they believed they’d found their running back capable of leading the charge, for the next ten years. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for the Buccaneers. Martin showed glimpses of how talented he was, but tragically will only be remembered for his injuries and PED use.

That will not stop Martin, who recently found a home with the Oakland Raiders, will look to begin for a fresh start under, a familiar face, Jon Gruden.

The “Muscle Hamster” hit the scene like he ended his career at Boise State, dominant.

In 2012, Martin rushed 319 times and racked up an impressive 1,454 yards. He found the end zone 11 times and earned  Pro Bowl selection. He was a finalist for Rookie of the Year, leading the Buccaneers to believe they’ve hit gold. However, Doug Martin would hit 1,000+ yards just one more time. (2015)

Martin is from Oakland, so it makes sense that he would be interested in signing with the Raiders. He will step into an offense led by Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Marshawn Lynch. Martin could be a perfect complement to Lynch in the backfield, helping to boost the efficiency of a offense that ranked 23rd last season with 18.8 points per game.  With the injuries and suspensions in mind, Martin was only offered a one- year contract which quickly signed.

Will Martin ever regain his rookie form without the help of PEDs? The Raiders certainly hope he can. We all wish Doug the very best in Oakland, unless he is playing against Tampa.

The Raiders also signed Jordy Nelson, which means they had to release Michael Crabtree, making for some Interesting times in Oakland.