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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a long, storied history of great players on their franchise.

Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, running back is not one of those positions.  With a team that has been more known for its defense, this year the Bucs are looking to change that image to the offensive side of the ball.  One of the key components to that could be possibly the best running back in the franchise’s history.

The top 5 rushing leaders in Buccaneers history

Player                       Yards             Touchdowns         100 yard games

James Wilder            5,957                  37                           14

Mike Alstott              5,088                 58                             7

Warrick Dunn            4,986                  19                           11

Doug Martin              3,806                  20                           11

Carnell Williams         3,677                  20                             9

Martin is fresh off his four-game suspension and is looking to take back his spot atop the Buccaneers running back pecking order.

Martin for his career has averaged 4.4 yard per carry, which is the highest of all the players on this list.

For his rushing total, he has done it on only 868 carries which are 100 carries less than the 5th place Cadillac Williams.

Serving a three-game suspension to start the season off makes the odds of him passing 4th place Dunn this season are slim.

Martin is under contract through the 2020-2021 season, which bodes well for his longevity with the team.

Barring any more PED or injury setbacks, Martin could emerge at the front of this list well before his current contract is set to expire.

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Martin is only 2,151 yard from the franchise record.

The touchdown number set by Alstott might be out of reach, especially given the Buccaneers high-profile passing attack.

A franchise that has retooled its offense to be a powerhouse in the NFL could provide the rushing opportunities to get Martin to the top of the list.

 

Can Martin overcome this adversity to start his season on a good note? Can he be a comeback player of the year candidate? Will he pass some of all time greats in Buccaneers history? This season could be his last or the continuation of a great career.

Sean Eck, FIU Panther, lead writer ProFootballSpot.com Follow me for more articles like this on twitter @Sean_Eck #gobucs

 

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