What once seemed like a long shot looks closer to being very possible. The Raiders are trying to land free agent running back Doug Martin according to NFL Network's Rand Getlin.
Thought Oakland was done? I'm told they are now entering the Doug Martin sweepstakes. He could be scary behind that upgraded offensive line.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 8, 2016
The upgraded offensive line Getlin speaks of is the one that now has Kelechi Osemele on board as he and the Raiders have agreed to terms.
Martin is the top running back on the market this offseason, having run for 1402 yards last season and being named All Pro.
There may not be a back in the league who would be more ideal to come to the Raiders than Doug Martin. He is the quick, shifty scat back the Raiders desire to complement Latavius Murray. His receiving ability gives the Raiders what they were hoping to get when they signed Roy Helu Jr last offseason. Martin is also originally from Stockton, so signing with the Raiders would be a homecoming for him.
Here is what Sander Phlipse of Bucs Nation had to say about Martin
When Martin's at his best, he's a terrific and consistent running back. He can turn nothing into something and something into big gains, though he doesn't quite have the speed to produce real breakaway runs. His small size helps hide him behind the line, and he manages to consistently squeeze through small holes and get a short stiff-arm to pick up extra yards. He's also a quality receiver out of the backfield, and an adequate pass-blocker. Really, he's an all-around running back with few weaknesses, though he's not quite dominant at any one thing either.
The Raiders have been really going after running backs this offseason. They also have reported interest in Jets free agent Chris Ivory. Martin would be a bigger prize, though.