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Tampa Bay Buccaneers release running back Doug Martin

20 February, 2018, 20:29 | Author: John Swanson
  • Former two-time Pro Bowler has been released just before the NFL offseason begins

The team made the announcement Tuesday with Martin, according to the Tampa Bay Times, informed by general manager Jason Licht of the decision that morning. The pint-sized back returned to form in 2015, galloping for 1,402 yards, second-most in the National Football League, en route to an All-Pro bid. By cutting Martin, the Bucs will save $6.75 million on their salary cap for next season, and due to the structure of Martin's contract, will incur no dead money.

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With Martin gone, the Bucs could potentially be in the market for a new featured running back either in the draft or free agency this offseason.

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Martin had a bounce-back season as he started all 16 games as the Buccaneers running back. He was named to the Pro Bowl twice during his career with the Bucs. His 2012 rookie season - when he rushed for 1,454 yards and scored 12 touchdowns - proved to be his best year with the team and he wound up in the Pro Bowl.

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Operating at just 2.9 yards per carry over the past two seasons, Martin will find it hard to nail down a long term deal worth anything like the five-year $37.5 million deal he earned in Tampa. He had a promising season debut rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries against the New England Patriots, but that would prove to be a season-high. He failed to rush for less than 500 yards in 4 of the last 5 years. The 29-year-old probably isn't done yet, but he likely won't be a starter immediately at his next location.

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