Shortly after Doug Martin signed a lucrative five-year, $35.75 million deal to stay in Tampa, the Pro Bowl running back made a pit stop at NFL Network to discuss his new contract.
Bucs RB Doug Martin – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
To say he’s excited would be an understatement.
While Martin tested the waters in free agency, trying to find his market value around the league, the 27-year old back made it clear multiple times on Wednesday that this is ultimately where he wanted to end up.
“They drafted me,” Martin said. “I wanted to stay in Tampa and the priority for me was to come back into Tampa. I’d like to thank the Glazers and Dirk and Jason [Licht] for putting their faith in me… I always wanted to be a Buc.”
Now that the contract situation is settled, Martin can look forward to building off a season in 2015 in which he gained 1,673 yards from scrimmage. Of course a main reason for wanting to stay in Tampa was keeping continuity on offense, namely with his head coach and quarterback.
“Dirk [Koetter] definitely had a great hand in my success last year as well as Jameis [Winston],” Martin said, crediting the young offensive line too.
“I love Jameis. What Jameis brought to the team was energy, leadership and a will to win. That’s something you could definitely see it on the field with his effort and his work ethic on the field. I’m glad that I get to stick around and play for him.”
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The other part of this interview that is not mentioned in this article is that he hates his old nickname and won’t even verbalize it, but he’s OK with the nickname that we’ve advocated for in PR which is the “Dougernaught”.
He’ll always be known as “The Muscle Hamster”.
What a befitting avatar for you Mozzie.
Gene Deckerhoff started calling Martin the Dougernaut last year in broadcasts so it won’t be long till it sticks.
If Buc’s pick that they prefer is not there at 9, what about taking RB Elliott out of Ohio State to groom as Martin’s replacement? Best RB in country… Arguably! What say u…?
If no one is there that they feel is that guy, I say trade back and get a few more picks. We have a lot of holes and with the RB group coming out next year all being as good as if not better than Elliot, no sense in wasting a pick on a back this draft. At least not in the top 10.
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