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Report: Raiders met with free agent RB Doug Martin, came away “impressed”

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Raiders met with Doug Martin and came away “impressed”

NFL: Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Raiders are exploring running back possibilities in Free Agency. Jon Gruden met in person with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin and came away “impressed” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Stockton native earned the nickname “Muscle Hamster”. Though he’s only played in 19 games over the past two seasons rushing for just over 800 yards.

What it says about the status of Marshawn Lynch as the team’s feature back is unclear.

Even if the Raiders bring in Martin, it doesn’t rule out the possibility they could draft a running back to compete with Martin along with returning backs Jalen Richard or DeAndre Washington. The three of them will compete for playing time and roster spots as they have similar skillsets.

The combination of Martin’s age (29), injury history, and the depth of the 2018 running back class would make drafting the Raiders running back of the future a wise decision.