Buccaneers: Four Potential Replacements for Doug Martin
If the Bucs are going to open their wallets to find Martin’s replacement, this might be the guy to get. After a slow rookie season, Murray got everyone’s attention with a 1,066 yard, six touchdown performance in 2015, earning him a Pro Bowl invitation. Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Murray were becoming a serious group of triplets.
Last season, his rushing yards came back to the pack a bit as he finished with 788 yards. However, his touchdown output doubled to 12. He posted at least two touchdowns on three separate occasions, all Raider wins. Over the two seasons, despite the drop in yardage, he was also able to keep his yards per carry at a steady four. Murray has been consistent.
The contract might not be as tough as other free agents. Yes, the Bucs would have to pay for him,, but remember Martin would no longer be on the books. Also, the dip in yardage could serve to limit how big of a raise Murray might be due. His production did decrease. He might be able to be signed on the reasonably cheap.