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Dirk Koetter thinks Charles Sims can be an every-down back, if need be

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Charles Sims had a breakout season last year, producing 1,090 yards from scrimmage, split neatly between carries and catches. He was consistently productive and explosive as a change-of-pace and third-down back, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers love him in that role.

Head coach Dirk Koetter also said that the team feels Sims can be an every-down back, if need be. That's being picked up as an indication that the Bucs may let Martin walk, but it felt more like an insurance policy statement to me: if they can't reach an agreement with Martin, Sims can at least help fill the hole, even if it's not necessary an ideal fit.

The Bucs want to re-sign Martin, after all. The Tampa Bay Times reported yesterday that there's a "good chance" the Bucs retain Martin's services, and both sides want to get a deal done. The question is whether the Bucs are ultimately willing to pay what Martin wants -- given that they do have Sims, they're not willing to bust the bank to keep the Dougernaut in Tampa.