Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Breaking down Doug Martin's deal
By Pat Yasinskas
I just got a look at the details of the contract rookie running back Doug Martin signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.
It’s worth as much as $6.788 million in total value with $5.472 million in guaranteed money Martin also received a $3.376 million signing bonus. As a general rule this year, the Bucs have given signing bonuses only to their rookies. When it has come to free agency, they have stayed away from signing bonuses and given big salaries in the first two years of the deal.
Martin’s cap figure for the season will be $1.234 million. In 2013, it rises to $1.543 million and jumps to $1.851 million in 2014. In 2015, the cap figure rises to $2.16 million. The Bucs initially announced that Martin signed a five-year deal, but contract records list it as only a four-year deal. It’s possible the contract includes an option year that is not included in the details.
The Bucs have $2.631 million left in this year’s rookie pool. Presumably, all or most of that will go to safety Mark Barron, who is the team’s only unsigned draft pick.