Buccaneers release Doug Martin, who ran out of chances in Tampa


HIs injury history includes a torn shoulder labrum in 2013 following a Pro Bowl season the year before.

Running back Doug Martin had multiple second chances with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, especially after a breakout 2015 season.

Due to his states as a vested veteran, Martin immediately hits the free agent market but it's hard to imagine a ton of teams lining up for his services.

The decision saves the Bucs about $6.75 million, which is what Martin was set to make in 2018.

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Martin's six years in Tampa were characterized by extreme highs and severe lows.

Martin burst on the scene after Tampa Bay selected him with the 31st overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Martin averaged just 2.9 yards per carry in 2016 and 2017 and appeared in just 19 of the Buccaneers' 32 games. 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. Shortly after that, he ended the year with a costly five-game suspension for the use of performance enhancing substances. 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.

Martin had a bounce-back season as he started all 16 games as the Buccaneers running back. Martin failed to redeem himself following his return from rehab and was highly ineffective all season long.