The Raiders were impressed by Doug Martin’s play last year. The Oakland native averaged 4.2 yards per carry when called upon, which was infrequent early and regular after Marshawn Lynch was lost for the season in Week 6.
He found a solid rhythm and was productive enough that a return engagement in 2019 seemed like a safe bet. Player and team couldn’t agree on a pact, leaving the front office to look elsewhere for help. Isaiah Crowell was the new guy, signed as a primary back but became a reserve option after Alabama’s Josh Jacobs was taken No. 24 overall in last week’s NFL draft.
He wasn’t available long. The versatile veteran back suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon during a Monday offseason program workout, ESPN reported, and lost for the season.
That re-opened the door for Martin, who agreed on terms of a new contract Wednesday afternoon. NFL Network first reported the news.
The Raiders confirmed the signing Thursday afternoon.
Martin should be the No. 2 behind Jacobs, though Jalen Richard will play a significant role on offense. Chris Warren III will challenge for carries this spring and summer, possibly fighting Martin for a roster spot. DeAndre Washington is also in the mix here, with a tough cut upcoming this fall for the position group.
Martin had 723 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 172 carries, but also had three fumbles during his first year in Oakland. The two-time Pro Bowler averaged 4.1 yards per carry over six uneven seasons with Tampa Bay.