Doug Martin’s fifth year option was declined before this season, and after a breakout contract year there is likely to be some regret within the Buccaneers organization.
Martin has 1,565 total yards this season and is in a close race with Adrian Peterson for the NFL’s rushing title. That has the Buccaneers opening up contract talks with Martin reports the Tampa Tribune.
“We’ve already talked a little bit,” general manager Jason Licht said. “We will definitely be talking (more). We’d love to have Doug back.”
After failing to produce following his rookie season, the Buccaneers declined the fifth year option on Martin’s rookie contract. Martin’s fifth year option would have been for $5.6 million. Now the Buccaneers may be regretting that move. Of course over paying Martin because of his numbers this season could prove to be an even bigger mistake.