Doug Martin will have a little bit of a homecoming when he joins his new NFL team.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that Martin has agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders. Martin grew up in nearby Stockton, California, and was a Raiders fan. Rapoport reported it was a 1-year deal. The team later confirmed the signing Thursday afternoon.
Martin was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month after spending his first six NFL seasons with the team that drafted him in the first round in 2012. He rushed for 4,633 yards and had 26 rushing touchdowns, which rank fourth and third in Bucs history, respectively.
Last week, Rapoport said Martin impressed in a meeting with Raiders coach Jon Gruden. Oakland’s top rusher last season, Marshawn Lynch, is pondering retirement, so Martin potentially could be in line for a starting job again or be teamed up with Beast Mode before the team’s planned move to Las Vegas in 2019.
“Whatever role they want me to play, I’m willing to play,” Martin told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’m not sure how many carries I’ll be getting, how much carries we’ll be splitting.”