Trading Up Means Five-Year Deal For Doug MartinApril 27th, 2012
One reason the Bucs traded up to the 31st overall pick to get Doug Martin late last night was to grab the most value for their coveted running.
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik explained that the new labor agreement lets teams to sign first-round picks to five-year deals but second-rounders get four-year deals. That meant Martin came with added potential value.
Of course, that means nothing on the field, but that fifth year is a nice bonus if Martin pans out.
During Dominik’s post-Martin-pick news conference, he painted a picture of Martin as a complete back, including “short yardage” and “goal line.” Dominik said Martin graded “close” to Trent Richardson and no personnel executive around the NFL would call Martin a surprise pick in the first round.