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09 March 2016

Transcript: Running Back Doug Martin Free Agency Media Availability (3/9/16)

RUNNING BACK DOUG MARTIN
 
(On wanting to remain a Buccaneer and if there was a chance it wouldn’t happen)
“The negotiations are a process, it takes time. I appreciate the faith that the Glazers and Dirk [Koetter] and Jason [Licht] have put in me. I always wanted to remain a Buc. I always wanted to come back and be successful being a Buccaneer.”
 
(On pride in his recent accomplishments)
“It’s definitely been a journey, having a great season in 2012 and getting injured and being out for the season, and having injuries here and there in the third season. But to come back from that adversity and coming back last year as strong as I did, it definitely makes me proud and I’m glad that it happened that way.”
 
(On the impact last year’s success with the offense had on his decision to stay)
“It definitely played a huge factor. I love Dirk Koetter’s offense. I thought we had a bunch of young guys, a bunch of rookies that really came in and played very well. Jameis is going to be a great quarterback for us and I can’t wait to come back and play for the team. We are going to do great things, so the sky is the limit for us.”
 
(On the Buccaneers re-signing key players and what that says about the franchise)
“It says that the Buccaneers are loyal to their core players. I’m very blessed and very grateful for the Buccaneers to re-sign me.  Like I said, I just can’t wait to get going with the team.”
 
(On his expectations for next season)
“I think it’s going to be better than last year. The year prior to that – everyone says that the reason I did good this past season is because I was playing for my contract – but if you look to the previous year, I was hurt, we didn’t really have an offensive coordinator, we weren’t really as potent on offense. This upcoming year, we have something to build on and not much is going to change. If anything we are going to get better.”
 
(On how much retired guard Logan Mankins meant to the offensive line and Martin’s success)
“He meant a lot. You know Logan Mankins is a true pro and a future Hall of Famer. He will be missed. But I am glad he was there for the time being there and really show the guys how to play the position with the attitude and the type of aggressiveness that you need in the trenches. He will be missed, but I know the guys we have now are going to play in his honor.”
 
(On if he thought he would leave Tampa Bay)
“I always saw myself as a Buc. I didn’t think I was going anywhere else. I’m just happy to be back with the Buccaneers.”
 
(On if the negotiations between Martin and the team were amicable) 
“I would agree with that. It takes time – negotiation – it’s a lot of pull and push and all that. At the end of the day we knew what was going to happen.”
 
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