The Buccaneers Have Released 2-Time Pro Bowl Running Back Doug Martin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially parted ways with long-time running back Doug Martin, an offseason move that most of Bucs Nation saw coming. Martin's career started off great after earning a starting role as a rookie and finishing his first year in the National Football League with 319 carries, 1,454 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Martin averaged just 2.9 yards per carry in 2016 and 2017 and appeared in just 19 of the Buccaneers' 32 games.

With Martin's release, the Bucs create $6.75M in cap space. This contract was to run through 2020, but Tampa Bay has since moved off it only two years in. Offensively, it is mostly about quarterback Jameis Winston throwing the ball deep downfield in head coach Dirk Koetter's Air Coryell offense.

Tampa Bay drafted Martin No. 31 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Boise State. Given that salary figure, there was no chance Martin would be back. He stayed healthy for once, playing all 16 games while putting up 1,402 yards and seven touchdowns.

Martin played six seasons with the Bucs, with two monster seasons and four terrible ones. Martin then went into a two-year swoon, falling under the 500-yard mark and missing 15 games.

It was all downhill from there. Tampa will be starting over at RB as it tries to rebound from a disappointing 5-11 season.

You won't find many players with a weirder career arc than Doug Martin had with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It would be surprising if he found a new team right away.

  • Stacy Allen