Doug Martin: Doug Martin present for the start of workouts
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 5:19
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was at the team's facility Monday for the start of the offseason program, general manager Jason Licht confirmed. So it's not surprising the team picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal. That wasn't a very tough decision, and we'll take it from there. "I can promise you at some point ... we'll be contacting his agent to try to make an offer that will make him a Buc long term".
Evans, 23, who had 12 touchdown catches in 2016 to tie his own team record he set as a rookie, is now under contract through the 2018 season, giving the Bucs almost two years to work out an extension that would pay him among the NFL's top receivers. The next stage will be agreeing to a long-term deal down the road.
Since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was put in place in 2011, all first-round draft picks have received four-year contracts with a fifth-year option for the team.
He also emphasized that the team is in no rush to make a decision on Martin and could actually wait to make a decision on him after the season begins, when Martin returns from serving his suspension.
- The Bucs had all five of their exclusive-rights free agents sign tenders Monday: TE Cameron Brate, WR Adam Humphries, DB Jude Adjei-Barimah, LB Adarius Glanton and WR Freddie Martino.
As with options for other 2014 first-rounders already picked up, it was a no-brainer move for the Bucs. Winston is the first quarterback in league history to open his career with consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons, and the Buccaneers have made an effort to surround him with an increasingly potent array of weapons.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is quickly blossoming into one of the NFL's most potent offensive weapons. The 10th-year veteran adds explosiveness to the offense, and should help free up space for Evans.
Evans, though, is sure to remain Winston's favorite target. His future in Tampa Bay remains uncertain.