Doug Martin cut by Buccaneers after weird, rocky career in Tampa Bay


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released running back Doug Martin. He had an awesome 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. Martin's departure now leaves Peyton Barber as the top candidate to start at running back in 2018, though there's a decent possibility the Buccaneers address the position through the draft or free agency in the coming months.

Martin struggled to stay on the field during the 2013-14 seasons, playing in just 17 games over that span. He was benched for the last three games of the season and was a healthy scratch for the team's Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15 after violating a team rule.

In 2015, Martin finished with 1,402 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.

But late in 2016, he was suspended for violations of the league's substance abuse policy after missing half of the season with a hamstring injury. Peyton Barber was the team's leading rushing last season with 423 rushing yards on 3.9 yards per carry.

His 2017 season was unremarkable, though.

Martin could latch on elsewhere, because he's just 29 years old and there's the siren song of those two huge seasons in his past.

The Colts do need some depth at running back in addition to Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin. They can free up more cap room without taking on any dead money with the release of underperforming players such as Chris Baker and J.R. Sweezy.