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NFL Trade Deadline: Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin staying with Buccaneers

Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson are staying with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not moved Vincent Jackson or Doug Martin before the trade deadline, despite persistent rumors that they would do just that.

Doug Martin will stay in Tampa, for now, but it's not overly likely that he'll hang on to his job as the team's bell-cow running back. The Muscle Hamster has struggled to perform this season, running for just 2.9 yards per carry, while rookie Charles Sims is eligible to return to play this week. The Bucs have been excited about Sims since they drafted him, and he's a better fit for the team's zone-blocking scheme than Martin is.

Meanwhile, Vincent Jackson will continue to be the Bucs' number one receiver, and will likely serve out the final three years of his contract. Jackson is still a good player and the Bucs could use his veteran savvy, and they reportedly weren't willing to part with him for anything less than a second-round pick. Obviously a deal like that didn't materialize.

There was also a rumor the Bucs would trade Dashon Goldson, but that never materialized, presumably because of his high guaranteed salary.

The Bucs did execute two other trades: Mark Barron was sent to the St. Louis Rams for fourth- and sixth-round picks, while Jonathan Casillas was traded to the New England Patriots for undisclosed compensation.