Until a new contract between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and running back Doug Martin is signed this offseason, many Bucs fans will be holding their breath. But for those starting to turn slightly blue, there are even more signs pointing that it is okay to exhale just a little.

As reported in late January, PewterReport.com has learned that such discussions have taken place between Bucs general manager Jason Licht and agent David Dunn regarding a contract extension with Pro Bowler Martin.

And then earlier this week Martin appeared on PFT.com and confirmed Tampa is where he wants to be.

“I love Tampa and Tampa loves me,” Martin said. “I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa.”

Bucs RB Doug Martin - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs RB Doug Martin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Martin was asked his thoughts if a new contract can’t be reached in the coming weeks, and the Buccaneers chose to use the franchise tag to keep him in Tampa.

“I’ll play the year and we’ll see what happens,” Martin said regarding if he was designated a franchise player. “Those negotiations are being talked about behind the scenes.”

But again, as reported by PewterReport.com while at the Senior Bowl in late January, Tampa Bay’s front office has no plans to use the franchise tag on Martin (in the $12 million range), and are confident it will never come to that.

Late last season Martin told the local media that Tampa Bay is where he wants to be for the next few years.

“I love Tampa. I built a house here so I love it here,” Martin said of the city right before saying it would be a priority to re-sign with Tampa Bay before leaving for another organization. “This is my fourth year here and I’ve built a lot of relationships around here and like I said I just love Tampa.”

If the contract situation was a motivator or a distraction, Martin’s did his best not to admit to either back during the season.

“That will take care of itself,” Martin said. “I’m just going to go out there and do my job on the field. I know if I do my job everything else will fall into place.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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BucWild02
BucWild02
5 years ago

Guess fans of the Dougernaut can check that box off the offseason list of things the Bucs need to do. Next on the list, get Mike Smith an impact pass rusher and Jameis another weapon for the passing game like a Right Tackle to groom!

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

At this point we don’t know exactly what we have in the tank as to Defense. I’m more incline to support BPA or trade down. After a couple OTA’s we might need 2 DE’s, 2 OL, 1 RB, 2 Safeties, 2 CB’s; that’s worse case. I’m more incline to pick the highest rated ready to start DL or OL at the 9th spot.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
5 years ago

Well after a day of sizzling about Jameis getting screwed, it’s good to know that Dougie wants to come back. I’m not going to lie, watching Cam roll around on the ground like a child made me feel much better. That guy is the most mentally weak QB I’ve ever seen. All the physical tools in the world and the mindset of a child, unless he’s winning of course. A great statistical breakdown of Jameis’ rookie season on Buccaneers.com and after reading it, I find myself pissed off again. haha It’s a long off season fellow Bucs fans, let’s hope… Read more »

BucWild02
BucWild02
5 years ago

cgmaster27-I would agree with needing to take some time to “sizzle” about Jameis getting passed over for OROTY. After reading a few articles defending the selection of Gurley over Winston and the obstacles Gurley overcame(bad team/recovery from injury/tough defenses faced/league standings at his position), it made me appreciate his effort. It also made me think of the 180 so many are pulling on Winston, me included. He has handled himself with class in every tough situation he has been asked about(over and over) dating back to pre-draft. He has faced heavy media scrutiny and public opinion. From the serious off… Read more »

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Many times I have noted that Cam Newton is a front-runner. When things are going well for him and his team his antics border on taunting. But when things get rough for “Supercam” he heads to the bench, puts a towel over his head and pouts. I often say it’s what a person does when the “spit” goes bad that matters most.

“If you don’t like the dabbing and Supercam gestures, stop me”. The Broncos defense finally shut him up….except for a few boo hoo’s.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Rolling on the ground, whining on the ground, not going after his own fumble (we didn’t lose the game because of that fumble) and stomping out of his post game news conference in a huff. Cam just showed he hasn’t learned a thing since he got in the league when he used to put a towel over his head and sulk like a prima donna when his team was losing. Just like and classless clown, he’s a great guy when he is winning but he acts like a classless clown when he loses. Leaving his press conference proved he can… Read more »

plopes808
plopes808
5 years ago

I, like many of us here had my doubts in the beginning. I’m very happy to say Jameis has put all those doubts to rest. We got us a franchise QB for sure!