“I Don’t Know How Tampa Bay Lets Doug Martin Out Of There”

February 23rd, 2016

DougMartineyesThe drumbeat for Doug Martin is pounding nationally.

Even Hall of Famers can’t fathom how the Bucs could let Martin waltz out of One Buc Palace for something as trivial as money.

Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian hit the SiriusXM NFL Radio airwaves yesterday and said only hidden trouble would be a reasonable reason to let the Bucs dump Martin.

“I don’t know how Tampa Bay lets Doug Martin out of there unless there’s an issue,” Polian said.

“Unless there’s an issue,” Polian repeated, referencing an unpublicized injury concern or off-field situation.

He cited Martin’s production, age and the great benefit of a powerful running game for America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Can anyone argue with Polian? Joe sure can’t. Martin represents what the Bucs seek: drafted players who perform.

As for off-field issues with Martin, if they even existed (rumors have floated for years), there’s been no evidence they were part of the 2015 season. In fact, the Bucs already are negotiating with Martin for significant guaranteed money, so they must be confident he’s a model citizen.

Get a deal done, Mr. Licht.

26 Responses to ““I Don’t Know How Tampa Bay Lets Doug Martin Out Of There””

  1. Mort Says:

    Just stating “there have been rumors for years” seems a bit of a cheap shot. Either report something or don’t. Don’t insinuate things if you won’t provide any context. It’s in poor taste.

  2. finishers Says:

    just get this done already!

  3. Tom Edrington Says:

    Guys…..come ……. it is not “let’s” should be lets……let’s is “let us”…….lets is the verb you are looking to use….

  4. buccfan305 Says:

    Hey Tom. Can you’re help me with mines English Homeworks. I’m’s haveing trouble with captilizations.Puctioations and spellings.


  5. Supersam Says:

    “Rumors have floated for years” huh? Doug Martin? Really? I think you need to elaborate on that Joe.

  6. Tampa Tony Says:

    I’d hate to see how Jameis looks without a strong running game

  7. Buccfan37 Says:

    A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

  8. Bob in Valrico Says:

    I read somewhere that Lovie wanted to replace doug last year.But if memory
    serves koetter convinced him he still had value.And Koetter is still beating the drum for Martin.

  9. Bob in Valrico Says:

    @ 305 that’s funny!
    I need the class for typos and proof reading.

  10. Bob in Valrico Says:

    only article I could find was on Bucs blitz that quoted Lovie as saying that
    there would open competition for the bell cow back in june 2015.he further stated that Rainey,Sims,and James all thought they could do it. This shows a
    lack of confidence in doug to me since he anointed McCown starter in 2014 with no competition. for the job

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    Don’t know how our Bucs let Martin get Away? As a Buc fan of 40 plus yrs I can tell yas this..Anything both negative and positive can happen with this team. I for one, won’t be surprised if he gets more cash from another team. Hell, I’d take it too. Our Bucs have made some serious blunders over the years. Many have come back to haunt them. Course..we do have one superbowl and a few good years. But more bad than good overall.

  12. godzilla13 Says:

    The message that Jason Licht and the front office is sending seems a bit hypocritical when it comes to Doug Martin? Their message consists of spending judiciously in FA while building your team through the draft? What does building through the draft got to do with not re-signing Martin? Everything. As long as we are offering Martin his fair market value, The average pay salary for the top 10 RB is $8.06 million per year. I don’t think that is what the Bucs are considering his worth? At the end of the day there is plenty of money available in cap space to re-sign Martin for that amount and more. The thought of sitting around the house on Sunday’s watching another former Buccaneer play well for another team, is more than one can bear,

  13. DallasBuc Says:

    Tom- we sure are lucky to have you here to clean up all this lousy spelling and punctuation on a sports chat site. It’s “tough duty” as the great incompete Lovie Smith used to say. You shouldn’t patrol it alone. I will help correct the loathesome typos that litter the comments here. Let’s do this!!!

  14. DallasBuc Says:

    If Doug Martin is not a Buccaneer in a few weeks it will go down as the biggest blunder in Jason Licht’s post-Lovie career and doom both him and the Bucs. Hopefully the Glazers are the firewall that insist we sign one of own drafted players since he has earned it.

  15. gotbbucs Says:

    One way or another, I’m sure he’ll be back. Contract or tag.

  16. Matt Cavallo Says:

    If he doesn’t return to the team, what am I going to do about the bucs style 22 tattoo on my back?

  17. Matt Cavallo Says:


  18. g chaney Says:


  19. Pickgrin Says:

    Well – at least you aren’t parroting – “Franchise him – Franchise him” in today’s edition of the daily JBF series known as “Doug Martin is not signed yet – so let’s keep writing about it”.

  20. g chaney Says:

    If Jerry Jones gets this guy Cam and Russel Wilson will have to pick up the pace if they want to make it to the NFC Champ. round.

    If Licht can get a edge rush DE and one more starter on the O-line, Bucs could surprise.

    The Buc secondary is better than folks realize. Put a pass rush on the opposing QB in under 3 sec. (2.5 sounds about NFL correct) and you;ll see some great CB/S performance.

    Even Deion, Talib, and take your choice couldn’t cover for what exposure the Buc pass rush exposes to. McCoy is a great plyer, until he has to play injured. We need a edge rush and another stellar inside push.

  21. Tiny Tim Says:

    I think Joe had his friend from 620 get in his ear as it relates to “Martin’s off the field issues.” Did anyone hear the big dawg alluding that he knew why the bucs did not pick up martin’s final year as if two injury plauge seasons was not the reason. He like joe won’t elaborate which is not fair to Martin. You soil this man’s name but don’t want to put your name on it. Keep that type of BS to yourself if you can’t/won’t elaborate. That is only fair to Martin.

  22. orlbucfan Says:

    Wow, someone proofreads the semi-literate on here (and that includes football), and they screech like crazy. Too pathetic and funny. Muscle Hamster has been a class player, He got injured. He recovered. He hasn’t caused a riot in off-field issues—thank god! He’ll be resigned unless Koetter has a major brainfart. With the Bucs, anything is possible.

  23. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Just read the words “Good Chance Martin signs”..BUT I thought it said “Good Change, Martin signed”…

    So stupid me bounced from my chair, knocked my Mt Dew over my keyboard, yelled to the walls, YES! ( my sons are at work)..and hit my knee on the desk..

    Grrrrrr…..just get it done , so I don’t have these mental spasms again..

  24. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I meant on another website…we need an edit button…

  25. Bobby M. Says:

    The rumor are Martin is he was clubbing a lot and partaking in the extracurricular activities that go with the club scene.

  26. DallasBuc Says:

    Rumors are lousy and they fester in the underutilized minds of the ignorant who choose to make judgement calls based on said rumors.
    This is football and Martin is the top rusher in the league behind first ballot AP. Let’s stop making excuses not to lock him up.
    And please, for the love of all that is holy, stop listening to old, washed up, arrogant local media tools peddling their petty personal agendas based on….rumor.
    Stop it.