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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com

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    Horse

    I’m not sure if we should be paying out these huge salary increases. In this case I would, but I would only do a deal for 3 years; all guaranteed, with an option year.

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    macabee

    “If I’m Doug Martin, I’m pretty happy I didn’t sign a contract before,” Smith said. The contract for the 5th year option was 5.6mil. So expect a contract somewhere north of that. My guess would be a 4 year contract with 2 years guaranteed between 6.8 to 7.5mil. With 6 games to go and the Dougernaut lights it up like he did Sunday, it could be more!

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      macabee

      Last sentence cont’d. …it could be more in the same area code as the LeSean McCoy contract.

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    pinkstob

    I know I’m going to take heat for this so I hate to say it, but I wouldn’t re-sign Dougie unless it was for a 2 year deal with an option for a 3rd and I don’t think he’d be willing to take that. He’s injury prone at a position where a lot of teams have found productive players right out of the draft, even outside of the 1st round. T. Gurley, T.J. Yeldon, T. Coleman, David. Johnson, Duke Johnson, K. Williams and J. Langford all look like future stars in the NFL and they’re all cheaper than D. Martin. Also, as much as I like the way Dougie runs (I wear his jersey every Sunday) he has inconsistent hands. I just think it’s a wiser use of the team’s resources to sign Martin for 2 years and if he doesn’t sign for that, draft E. Elliott. I think they’re both basically the same type of RB.

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      pinkstob

      I forgot to add T. Rawls to the list of future star rookie RB’s.

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        cgmaster27

        Actually PInk, what you say makes plenty of sense. Although I would add one more year to that. Maybe give him a three year deal with an option for a 4th. That would put him in line to be 30 when his contract is up. As for drafting a rb this year, I can’t stand Elliot, and now that he has no problem throwing a coach under the bus I want nothing to do with this guy, not to mention he runs against big ten defenses.
        I would hold off till the following year when you have the studs like cook and Fournette coming out to get another RB. We need secondary and line help long before another RB.

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    pinkstob

    P.S. I know drafting E. Elliott would mean we wouldn’t get S/CB Ramsey, CB Hargreaves or DE Bosa in the 1st round, but at this point I’m assuming we’ll be drafted at the 12th spot or later and they’ll likely all be gone by then. I’m not a fan of Bosa anyway.

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