Martin’s Option Not Picked Up

May 4th, 2015

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It seems Doug Martin may be entering his last Tampa Bay season. Martin has learned it is show me time.

Per Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the Bucs have elected to not pick up his fifth-year option, essentially turning this season into Martin’s contract year.

This is not to suggest Martin is done with the Bucs. It just means it is put up or shut up time. If Martin has a good year, Joe is confident the Bucs will want him back.

But which Martin will show up? The rookie who made the Pro Bowl, or the guy banged up the past two seasons?

16 Responses to “Martin’s Option Not Picked Up”

  1. miken Says:

    I was surprised we did not draft a rb. It looks like dougie will get one more shot this year… i hope he goes back to his rookie season production. Its so hard to tell what a rb is like when they have a bad o line/ bad qb/ and run a jv offense.

  2. DEEnice07 Says:

    If this guy would be more dedicated as he was his rookie year, than we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. stay away from Hogans beach muscle hamster!

  3. pick6 Says:

    can’t guarantee a kid top 10 RB money next year when he’s spent the last 2 seasons averaging 3.6 a carry. even if you believe in him, the market won’t require you to go that high to sign him next offseason. although i’m skeptical, i really hope doug bounces back, he’s a great representative of the franchise and when he was playing well was a delight to watch.

  4. jb Says:

    Not surprising. I like the move. It lets him know he needs to show up like he did his rookie season. If he does, he’ll be rewarded, either here or somewhere else.

  5. San Francisco Joe Says:

    I’ve never stopped believing in Doug. 2012 was no fluke.

  6. nate_tweetz Says:

    I don’t think him losing all that weight last offseason helped at all. He wasn’t able to break tackles at all last year. Hope he puts weight back on and starts trucking cats.

  7. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Bet he does better behind a better oline.

    And I wouldn’t rule out a trade during the season.

  8. Waterboy Says:

    I think Doug is a decent back but nothing special. Even in his rookie season he had the big game against Oakland and a couple others including the last game of the season when Atlanta rested their starters for the playoffs but other than he was very average.

  9. ThunderBuc81 Says:

    It will be nice to see what he can do this year being healthy and behind an improved O-line. I agree with Bonzai on a possible trade. I personally believe him and hope he does well but time will tell. I think the Bucs made the right move here.

  10. Johnny Dejay Says:

    Another pop-star 1st rounder flaming out too early…

  11. feelthepewterpower Says:

    We wasted a draft pick to move-up for him just so we could have the 5th year option, and now we’re not picking it up? Ugh…at least pick it up and showcase him this year in hopes of trading him? He wasn’t healthy the last two years with a horrible offensive line…what do you expect?

  12. Mike10 Says:

    I’m with San Fran – I refuse to judge anyone behind that garbage, GARBAGE, offensive line!

    2012 our line was amazing. And once Dougie got past that first line of defenders, he made people miss.

    We’re gonna give up on this one for who, Charles Simms (chuckle chuckle)

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Not surprising. I hope he does well, because as of right now, he’s the only current Bucs player that I have a jersey of. That and it will definitely help our team for him to bounce back to his rookie form. I still think it has a little bit of something to do with the crappy line even though Rainey and James did well behind the same line.

    Yes Martin is the only current Buc that I have a jersey of.

    No Winston jersey in sight coming from Erik the cleaning guy…

  14. Mike10 Says:

    87, No one was successful behind that line.

    James rushed for 37 yds all year, averaging less 2 per carry
    Rainey barely had 400 yards with 94 carries.

    Martin led the team in attempts, yards, and TDs.

  15. Kevin Says:

    I think Martin is a good little back…..but I also think that good little backs are easily replaceable. If you find a stud rb that just bulldozes guys and picks up first downs and helps sustain drives throughout every season than yes you have to pay the man…but I don’t see Martin ever being that guy. I see Martin more as a Justin Forsett. Our offense has just been horrible in recent years and I don’t think we have seen ANY of our players true skill levels based on having no experienced and successful OC. Martin should have no trouble finding another team to play for but being they spent a 3rd on simms there is no reason to assume it’s not his job to lose. And with Rainey and James behind him it’s a good backfield

  16. WinstonBomb3 Says:

    Dominik you are truly a moron! We trade up so we can have a 5th year option, (which gets declined due to lack of production), and we trade our mid/late grade safety prospect whom we drafted over Luke Kuechley amongst other studs mind you for what a 6th round pick?

    Please do what must be done to bring in Lael Collins and Antwan Goodley (whom I prefer to our wr choices but will cross my fingers LNL can draft better then Marcus Crassus Dominus, of house Unemployed GMania