The Titans may be interested in signing impending free agent running back Doug Martin away from the Buccaneers according to Terry McCormick of Titans Insider.
It doesn’t sound like McCormick has any real evidence of this move but he highlights several intriguing factors. New Titans general manager Jon Robinson was hired away from the Bucs and is obviously familiar with Martin’s body of work.
The Titans have a pile of cash to spend in free agency and a desperate need at running back as none of the current options on the roster-which include 2014 draft bust Bishop Sankey, veteran third-down back Dexter McCluster, rookie David Cobb, and pedestrian Antonio Andrews-seem capable of grabbing the starting job.
Andrews led that uninspiring group with 520 yards on 143 carries this past season. For perspective, consider that rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota was the Titans’ second-leading rusher with 252 yards on just 34 attempts despite missing several games.
For his part, Martin has expressed his desire to re-sign in Tampa. Running backs have a notoriously short shelf life in the NFL, however, and no one could blame Martin for opting for the biggest payday available.