Oakland Raiders new head coach Jon Gruden has expressed interest in veteran running back Marshawn Lynch’s return, but that may not be stopping the Silver & Black from looking to add another veteran running back.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Gruden recently met with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, who was released last month.
Sources: #Raiders coach Jon Gruden recently arranged for a face-to-face meeting with former #Bucs RB Doug Martin and came away impressed with him as a person. Oakland expected to make a strong push for Martin in free agency.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2018
The Bay Area native spent his first six seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers and is averaging 772 rushing yards per season. Martin’s best year came in his rookie year, when he rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. That year, he gashed a porous Raiders defense for 251 yards on the ground and four touchdowns, his only game played in the Oakland Coliseum.
The 29-year-old running back has struggled the last couple of years, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry on 282 carries over the two seasons.