Tampa Bay Buccaneers Now Have One Wealthy Muscle Hampster

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 6, 2012

Doug Martin is a multi-million dollar hampster.
Doug Martin is a multi-million dollar hampster.Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

I'm not really sure if there's anyone else walking the face of the earth with the nickname "Muscle Hampster."

Doug Martin is that and more.

The former Boise State star is now a full-fledged, under-contract Tampa Bay Buccaneer, and he may be the world's wealthiest Muscle Hampster.

ESPN's NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas broke down the new contract that Martin—who has to be the envy of all college grads who are beating the streets looking for job—signed with the Bucs.

Yasinskas reports that the overall value of the contract is $6.788 million. The one thing that stands out is that he shows a four-year deal, while the Bucs reported the signing as a five-year deal. Normally, first-rounders get five-year deals. The theory is that it is a four-year deal with a fifth year being an option, which would basically make it a five-year deal for all intents and purposes.

The guaranteed portion of the contract, which is all that really counts, is $5.472 million. The Hampster also landed himself a signing bonus of $3.376 million. As Yasinskas pointed out, the Bucs will give rookies signing bonuses but have avoided that pitfall with veteran free agents.

One guy who will take notice of those numbers has to be LeGarrette Blount. Blount will make $540,000 this year. Ouch! The good news for Blount is that he becomes a restricted free agent in 2013.

So you think he might be motivated this coming season? Duh!

And that should make for a pretty good situation for the Buccaneer running game. You've got a millionaire Muscle Hampster and Blount, football's version of a starving artist.

No matter which way you lean, the interest is growing as the Bucs get closer and closer to the opening of training camp in July.