Buccaneers: Doug Martin has been released

20 February, 2018, 20:29 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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He had an wonderful rookie season, two incredibly bad seasons, was named All-Pro in 2015 after rushing for 1,402 yards with a 4.9-yard average, then had 827 yards in his final two Tampa Bay seasons combined. The team later announced they released Martin.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with former first round pick Doug Martin on Tuesday afternoon.

In his rookie season, he ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns, taking the National Football League by storm out of Boise State, making the Pro Bowl.The next two seasons, however, injuries played a factor and Martin appeared in just 17 games, rushing for 950 combined yards. In eight games, Martin had just 421 yards on 144 carries, averaging a dismal 2.9 yards per attempt.

He ran for 1,454 yards as a rookie, exploding on the scene out of Boise State and looking like a future franchise back.

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Martin rushed for a career-low 406 rushing yards last season and has been limited to 827 over the last two campaigns after erupting for 1,402 in 2015.

The Buccaneers will have a major decision regarding quarterback Jameis Winston's long-term contract in the coming seasons, and saving cap over the next three years will help in those negotiations.

With #Bucs releasing Doug Martin, the team saves nearly $7M. He rushed for a little more than 400 yards in both years.

The 29-year-old's battles with the injury bug have held him back from reaching his enormous potential and he certainly won't be short of suitors.

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