Buccaneers’ general manager Jason Licht already met with running back Doug Martin’s agent this week in Indianapolis during the NFL Scouting Combine. While the team was looking forward to meeting, both sides didn’t come away with an agreement.
It’s been reported that both sides would like to get a deal done and Martin wants to stay in Tampa Bay. Unfortunately, it now appears like that won’t happen.
Rough Waters ahead? RB Doug Martin more likely to sign with a team other than #Bucs on first day of free agency, per a league source.
— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) February 25, 2016
This news surely upsets many. Martin has spent only two of his four years as a healthy back with the Bucs, registering over 3,500 total yards. However, he spent two seasons in between his first and last hurt and that could be what has made the team hesitant in agreeing to sign him to what he is asking — which is over $7-million per year.
Cummings report could very well be agent talk as Martin’s camp tries to force the Bucs hand. But as a team source referenced his injured history back in October, it’ll be hard to press them for what they are looking for if that is still on their minds.