Running back Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He racked up 1,402 rushing yards that season - second in the National Football League behind Adrian Peterson - while also catching 33 passes for 271 yards and scoring seven total touchdowns.
Between that and the running back's expensive contract, the release seemed inevitable.
The last two seasons have been nightmarish again, with Martin dealing with suspension and injuries.
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Martin then bounced back in 2015, with an All-Pro and Pro Bowl season in which he rushed for 1,402 yards. He rushed for 1,454 yards, amassed 12 total touchdowns and added 49 receptions for 472 receiving yards, with all four totals serving as career highs.
Tampa Bay saves $6.75 million on their salary cap this offseason with no dead cap carried over from Martin, who started just 16 games over the last two seasons. He struggled to get untracked and was benched in favor of Peyton Barber in December. He has spent his entire six-year career with the Bucs. However, that was the most recent season the Boise State product was actually productive. In eight games, Martin had just 421 yards on 144 carries, averaging a dismal 2.9 yards per attempt. Tampa will be starting over at RB as it tries to rebound from a disappointing 5-11 season. HIs injury history includes a torn shoulder labrum in 2013 following a Pro Bowl season the year before.
Martin may stick on the free agent market for a while, and it is possible he may not find a team until the preseason, if he does at all.
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