Raiders coach Jon Gruden recently arranged for a face-to-face meeting with the running back and came away impressed with him as a person, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Oakland is expected to make a strong push for Martin in free agency, Rapoport added.
The 29-year-old running back is attempting to salvage the next stage of his career after rushing for fewer than 425 yards each of the past two seasons.
The 5-foot-9 running back has one of the most volatile careers of any current NFL player. Martin burst onto the scene as a rookie, dashing for 1,454 yards on 319 carries with 11 rushing TDs. He then cratered, failing to break the 500-yard mark the next two seasons and missing 15 games. Martin returned to form in 2015, galloping for 1,402 yards, second-most in the NFL, en route to an All-Pro bid and a sizable contract.
He was suspended four games late in 2016 for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
The past two seasons Martin has been one of the least efficient running backs in the NFL, struggling to break tackles, losing his early-career burst and failing to gain positive yards on most carries. In 2016 and 2017, he averaged 2.9 yards per carry on 282 combined carries.