Buccaneers release running back Doug Martin

Federico Mansilla
Febrero 20, 2018

Tampa Bay's defensive front is anchored by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who has been named to the last six Pro Bowls, and also includes 2016 second-round pick Noah Spence, a promising edge-rusher who had 5.5 sacks as a rookie before missing most of last season with a shoulder injury.

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

- Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) February 20, 2018The decision will save the Bucs $6.75-million that Martin was scheduled to earn in 2018.

He recorded just 406 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 2.9 yards per carry.

At the end of 2016, Martin got hit with a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy, which led to his entire 2017 guaranteed salary being voided.

Tampa Bay drafted Martin No. 31 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Boise State.

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Tampa Bay has over $70 million in cap space entering the offseason, which will likely be used to address their defense.

As a player, Buckner was with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers during his 12-year career. By December, head coach Dirk Koetter saw enough and benched him for Peyton Barber.

Martin rushed for more than 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns over 65 starts.

The odd part in all of this is that Tampa Bay isn't exactly a dominating running team to being with. It would be surprising if he found a new team right away.

Martin is 29 years old and could have a second life in the National Football League as a change of pace back if he lands with the right team.

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