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Licht "Optimistic" Doug Martin will Return

Posted Feb 24, 2016

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht feels confident that Doug Martin will be wearing pewter and red next season.

Since the end of the 2015 season, both the Buccaneers and Doug Martin have made it clear – they would like to be on the same side when 2016 kicks off. Martin, who ripped off 1,402 yards this year, is set to become a free agent but has expressed his interest in remaining a Buccaneer into next season.

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Sometime this week, while at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Martin’s representation will meet with members of the Buccaneers’ front office to discuss the running back’s future in Tampa Bay. General Manager Jason Licht said on Wednesday that he is confident Martin will remain a Buccaneer.

“We’ll be meeting with Doug’s people here (at the Combine),” Licht said. “We’ve got a couple things going for us here on that. I know he wants to be a Buc and I know we want him to be a Buc. I’m sure there will be some obstacles, there always are in negotiations, but we’ll prepare for either way. I’m optimistic and we’ll continue talking with him.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Head Coach Dirk Koetter met with reporters at the Combine. When asked about Martin, he deferred to Licht, but added, “I hope we can get that done.”

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“I love Tampa and Tampa loves me,” Martin told PFT Live at the start of February. “I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa.”

Martin was a part of a Buccaneer offense that finished No. 5 in the league in total yards, the team’s highest finish in franchise history. For his efforts, he was selected for the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career.