Trading Up Means Five-Year Deal For Doug Martin

April 27th, 2012
Mark Dominik said Doug Martin graded “close” to Trent Richarson

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.

14 Responses to “Trading Up Means Five-Year Deal For Doug Martin”

  1. Jarret Says:

    Im loving the moves the Bucs made. Both should be immediate impact players at crucial positions. Lets all pray that Blount doesn’t cry to the media if Doug Martin receives a fair share of carries this season.

  2. mjmoody Says:

    I’ve read many Dom-haters posts. IMHO, feel like I learn something about the football team’s direction–for better or worse–when I watch his press conferences. 4 vs. 5 years. Wouldn’t have thunk it. Some of you may already be there, but personally I feel I’ve become a more knowledgeable football fan.

  3. Garv Says:

    Very smart move. We got two players with great character and talent who will play for the Buccaneers at a high level for many years.

    The Buccaneers are a better team today, a much better team. Thankfully most fans know that.

  4. bucfanjeff Says:

    So are there any LB worthy of trading back into the second round to help round out the defense a little?

    I like our moves thus far, we’ve done well.

  5. bucfanjeff Says:

    (and by ‘trading back’, I didn’t mean that literally – meant trade into)

  6. T in Orlando Says:

    Here comes the “Anvil and Hammer” run game.

  7. princespanky Says:

    I missed the last half of the draft because I managed to get sick on the holiest of days and could not tough it out to the end. When I got up this morning and see we made a move to get Martin; I am ecstatic.

    The guy is a horse. I was ready to call bullish on them targeting Barron but when you think about it if they felt that good about him it makes it really easy to walk on Tjax…. so I’d give Dom and Sheriff Schiano the benefit of the doubt.

    I think if Dom somehow finds his way up into the second round to grab a guy like Mychal Kendricks he earns an A. At the moment I’d give him a B+… cause Martin was my guy all along and Barron although not in a position of impact is a hell of a player who will compliment Grimm. If they are going to put a lot of stress on the safety in this Defense they may have executed a well thought out draft gameplan.

  8. Jacko101 Says:

    If Grimm can stay healthy talib gets off. Once we get a Lb in the draft or FA we will be contenders

  9. Garv Says:

    NFL Networks’s Casserly and Warner giving the Buccaneer draft an A+ so far.
    But , on the other hand offering their own “expert” opinions based on ZERO qualifications but lots of ignorance, anger and negativity……..we have the Adams, the Erics and various other message board posters saying we suck.

    Now seriously…….what’s the deal?

    so far……….GREAT! We are a much better team.

  10. BucFan20 Says:

    I remember when they let T. Jax all the yelling ” They better have a plan. ” Well guess what They did!! One Hell of a plan. The plan was so good it looks like it shut Paralegal2.2 up!!

  11. Stevek Says:

    Barron is a better tackler then Claibourne.

    IMHO, Claibourne is just not a willing tackler.
    Barron plays HARD. Give me a Saban kid over Les Miles any day.

    We don’t take 1st rounders from LSU anymore.

  12. bucoooobruceAlstott Says:

    Everyone should also remember that we have claibornes coach on are team he must know something no one else does about claiborne,if we dident have that coach on are team I might question picking Barron over him.Plus Shiano is friends with Saben I think we might have made the best move in bucs history when u also throw in Martin.My true believe now is that Claibrne will be a little better than avererage corner and Barron will be a probowl stud.

  13. BucsFanInBoise Says:

    Like I’ve been saying if you drafted off of character only I would have taken Doug with the first pick. He’s a great young man. Total class all the way. I’m excited to be a bucs fan today. When can I get a Martin Jersy on ?

  14. Brandon Says:

    Here is an interesting note about Doug Martin that I’m sure most of you could have easily figured out but just hadn’t thought of it yet.

    Doug Martin, of Boise St., will be paired with LeGarrette Blount, that much we know… but what we might be forgetting, and this is where it gets a little interesting, is that while Martin came out this year, there was another Boise St. player that is eligible for this year’s draft, another senior by the name of Byron Hout. The same Byron Hout that LeGarrette Blount punched in the mouth (and knocked out) after that televised game 3 seasons ago.

    Doug Martin played in that game… and was on the field for ‘the punch’. Whether he feels one way about it or the other is not really important, what is important is that these two RBs that will be complementing each other, have an interesting history together.