NFL rumors have been swirling around the Dallas Cowboys looking to upgrade their running back position for several months now. According to Sports Illustrated, Doug Martin and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been unable to reach an agreement on a new contract, to the two-time Pro Bowl player will be hitting free agency. Martin and the Cowboys could end up being exactly what the other needed.
In 2015, Doug Martin was heading into the final year of his contract, a time where a lot of players push a little harder because they know they can increase the size of their paychecks by doing so. Martin had 1,402 yards and six touchdowns, which was good enough to earn him a spot in the Pro Bowl game. It also put him in a spot where he could see which team in the NFL would be willing to pay the most amount of money to acquire his services.
Considering how solid he has been as a runner, it makes a lot of sense for Doug Martin and his agent to seek out as much money as they can. Running backs, especially those that run as tough as Martin, have a certain amount of shelf life in the NFL. Cashing in as soon as possible is the wise business decision, much like what DeMarco Murray did when he left the Dallas Cowboys for the Philadelphia Eagles.
A team that might be willing to pay good money for Doug Martin is the Dallas Cowboys. Team owner Jerry Jones has now realized that the position is much more important than he initially thought when he allowed DeMarco Murray to leave for the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones was under the impression that any running back could do well behind the fantastic offensive line that Dallas has constructed over the past couple of years using the NFL Draft.
Though things are unclear right now, the only thing close to certainty next season is that Doug Martin is going to be given a nice contract by an NFL team that wants to upgrade their ground game. He’s good enough that executives and head coaches will want to give him a chance. Jerry Jones just might be that guy to do that.
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