Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Make Doug Martin a Happy Camper

Doug Martin now has a bigger bank account.
Doug Martin now has a bigger bank account.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images
Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 4, 2012

When Doug Martin steps onto the practice field for Thursday's OTAs, he'll be a very happy camper.

The Bucs made the late first-rounder, the 31st overall pick a richer man by signing him on Monday. Which now begs the question: will LeGarrette Blount have Benjamins envy because, well, you know, sometimes it's All About the Benjamins.

It will also become all about playing time.

Over at ProFootballTalk.com, Evan Silva wrote: "Martin figures to emerge as the lead back in a 1-2 punch with LeGarrette Blount sooner than later." He also added "Martin is a much more versatile back than Blount with more wiggle as a ball carrier."

Silva's correct. There isn't much "wiggle" when it comes to Blount, who prefers to bull his way through some, hurdle over others, which might not sit real well with head coach Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and certainly running backs coach Earnest Byner wasn't much of a hurdler either.

Silva also added that he expects this offense to be very similar to the one the New York Giants run with Martin and Blount taking on the roles played by Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. And that would be Martin as Bradshaw and Blount as Jacobs although Blount hasn't shown the short-yardage skills of Jacobs.

The Bucs have now signed every draft pick with the exception of Mark Barron, and his signing could come this week, if not later today or tomorrow.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement has done away with the possible long holdouts by rookies and their agents. Barron has been inserted as the starter at strong safety with Ronde Barber in at free safety. PewterReport.com, spoke with Black, who is now the backup to Barber while former starter Cody Grimm backs up Barron.

In Schiano's scheme, the safeties will not be interchangeable. Barber will go to the slot in the dime package, and Black will be in at free safety as Black related to PewterReport.

What became a glaring weakness last season, the safeties, could become a strength with the changes and the addition of Barron.

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