After a war of attrition, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and All-Pro running back Doug Martin have agreed to terms on a deal, according to the Tampa Tribune’s Roy Cummings.
Martin, who was reportedly chased by the money-laden Oakland Raiders, is coming off his best season since his rookie year, as he compiled more than 1,400 yards to finish second in the league behind Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.
It’s a five-year deal worth $35.75 million, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. It’s a front-loaded contract averaging $7 million a year, and it will essentially guarantee Martin $15 million over the first two years.
With Martin officially back in the mix, the Bucs maintain one of the league’s most dynamic backfields with him, supplementary back Charles Sims and second-year quarterback Jameis Winston. If Tampa can add a few more pieces during the free agency period – it has shown interest in wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz – it has good chance of continuing its ascension through the league’s offensive ranks.