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Bucs bring running back Doug Martin back on 5-year deal

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Doug Martin ran for 1,402 yards last season. He ran for six touchdowns. He ran for an average carry of 4.87 yards per carry.

Also, he ran all the way to the bank.

Martin re-signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs on Wednesday when he agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract. His potential loss was the biggest worry on the offense for the Bucs.

“Our top priority heading into this offseason was to ensure that Doug remained a Buccaneer and today we are excited to announce that he will,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “Many of our offensive accomplishments last season can be attributed to the success of our running game with Doug in the backfield and we believe he is a perfect fit for our offensive system. It is always satisfying when you get the opportunity to reward one of your own players and Doug certainly has earned his place as one of our young foundational players.”

Since entering the league in 2012, Martin ranks seventh in the NFL in rushing yards per game (77.7 – min. 40 games played) and 11th in total scrimmage yards per game (95.5 – min. 40 games played).

 Despite having played in only 49 games, Martin is already one of the top rushers in franchise history, ranking fourth in rushing yards (3,806), tied for fifth in rushing touchdowns (20) and seventh in scrimmage yards (4,679). He holds two of the top three seasons in team history for rushing yards (2012, 2015), while owning the franchise’s two highest single-game rushing marks (251 at Oakland, 11/4/12; 235 at Philadelphia, 11/22/15).

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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