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Former Boise State football stars Doug Martin, George Iloka sign big NFL free-agent deals

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, a former Boise State star, seen here in December against New Orleans, signed a five-year, $35 million deal to remain in Tampa on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, a former Boise State star, seen here in December against New Orleans, signed a five-year, $35 million deal to remain in Tampa on Wednesday.

With their rookie NFL contracts completed, former Boise State Broncos Doug Martin and George Iloka tested free agency, but opted to remain with the teams that drafted them.

And those teams made it quite worthwhile.

Martin, a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal while Iloka, a safety for the Cincinnati Bengals, inked for five years and $30 million, with $18 million coming the first three years. Both were seen as top free agents at their respective positions.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Martin bounced back last season after injury-plagued 2013 and 2014 campaigns with 1,402 yards on the ground, second-best in the NFL behind Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. Tampa Bay's new head coach, former Boise State coach Dirk Koetter, celebrated the signing Wednesday.

Iloka was seen as one of the top safeties on the market with his 6-foot-4 frame and steady improvement each season since moving into the starting lineup in 2013, his second season. He had 47 tackles and an interception in 12 games last season.

Two other Broncos also selected in the 2012 draft are free agents — linebacker Shea McClellin and defensive lineman Billy Winn. The Washington Redskins also released former Boise State safety Jeron Johnson on Monday.

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