Since the final whistle of the final game in 2016, the big question mark going into the Buccaneers offseason was what would be the future of their recently suspended franchise running back Doug Martin.

After being suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Martin checked himself into rehab. Head coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht have been asked about the status of Martin multiple times throughout the offseason, and have made sure to state that it was the health and wellness of Martin as a person that has been their top priority. Once he handled things out internally, then the discussions would begin on what to do with him as a Buccaneer.

As of today, Martin is back, at least for the time being, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Getting Martin back in the facility is stage two of sorting out what the future will be for the former Top 5 rusher. Over the next few weeks, the team will surely monitor his conditioning, his focus, and where he could fit going forward after being burned by him just a year ago. 

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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MudManVA
MudManVA
5 years ago

Good first step! Good luck to him, and I hope he is well & ready to go.
A healthy, refresh, and clean Dougie on the team is good for the team.
Go BUCS

billbyrne
billbyrne
5 years ago

I am really rooting for Doug Martin and I hope he is on his way back to getting his life in order. The Bucs certainly will be watching him, however, two weeks isn’t long enough to come to a decision about Martin. I am a big supporter of
Dalvin Cook and for Winston to grow as a quarterback, he needs an effective running game and I believe Cook could give the Bucs exactly that. My best wishes to Martin and I hope the Bucs add Cook with the 19th pick this month.

CDNBUCSFAN
CDNBUCSFAN
5 years ago

I too am rooting for Doug to get his life in order and thankfully we have Quizz re-signed. I like the wait and see approach, but it shouldn’t stop the Bucs from looking at alternatives. Despite how much the team (and us fans) like him, I would hate to think that if there were a relapse for any reason that a whole season could be spoiled without adequate backup. It’s nothing against Martin or Quiz or any of the guys, it’s just that we went through RB’s like water last year and we just can’t have that if we are… Read more »

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Well he has until October to either help himself or not. I hope the best for him and the Bucs too.

BucWild02
BucWild02
5 years ago

Whether or not you are in Doug Martin’s corner, it is clear the team respects him as a player and he is a part of their football family. It makes no sense for the Bucs to get rid of Martin in favor of an unknown draft prospect. That prospect may be less talented and have more question marks. Cook has shoulder injuries, is lighter than Martin and is a fumbler. Mixon is a PR disaster.

Bucs would have had the option on Martin’s contract after this season anyway, regardless of the suspension.

http://www.bucsnation.com/2016/6/29/12060182/apparently-the-buccaneers-got-a-steal-in-re-signing-doug-martin

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
5 years ago

Pound that ROCK Doug.