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Bucs are getting calls about Doug Martin


The Patriots are looking for a running back, and the Buccaneers may have one for them.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bucs are getting calls about the 2012 first-round pick, who could be traded to a new team before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

As Schefter explained it, Martin becomes expendable because rookie third-rounder Charles Sims is nearly ready to return from an ankle injury.

Martin has a base salary of $1.007 million this year and $1.315 million in 2015. A fifth-year option is available for 2016; the option must be exercised by May 3, 2015.