Bucs cut Doug Martin

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Doug Martin‘s once-promising tenure in Tampa Bay has come to an end.

Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht told Martin this morning that he’s being released, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Although Martin is a two-time Pro Bowl running back, the move comes as no surprise. Licht said last month that Martin didn’t look the same as he had early in his career. Given that Martin was due a $6.75 million base salary this season, it wouldn’t have made sense for Licht to keep him.

Martin arrived as the Buccaneers’ first-round draft pick in 2012 and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, when he rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns, and added 49 catches for 472 receiving yards. Unfortunately, Martin has now played five more seasons since then, and those rookie numbers all remain career highs.

The 29-year-old Martin will now hit free agency and hope some team thinks he’s worth paying like a starter. He certainly won’t make $6.75 million after gaining a career-low 406 yards last year.

47 responses to “Bucs cut Doug Martin

  1. He had a great rookie season. Been nothing but down hill from there both on and off the field. With all the younger cheaper RBs that will be available, i’d be surprised if he actually sticks on a 53 man roster. Looks like he checked out awhile ago.

  2. 2012: Excellent
    2013: Complete non-factor
    2014: Complete non-factor
    2015: Excellent
    2016: Huge contract extension; complete non-factor; PED suspension
    2017: Complete non-factor
    2018: Released

    Who could have seen this coming?

  3. He only averaged more than 3.7 yards per carry twice in 6 seasons and 2.9 the last 2 in a row. If anything it’s amazing he got almost 300 carries in the past 19 games with such low production.

  4. Yeah, to be a running back in the NFL you have to actually be able to run. On the field. During games.

    This is VERY similar to how things went down with Darren McFadden in OAK. TONS of upside, very dangerous runner, never reached his potential due to injury after injury after injury.

    And just like McFadden, I could see Martin still being a rotational backup. For about 1/4th of the price. But really, he should strongly consider hanging it up while he still has a chance to stay upright for the vast majority of his life.

    Unless he’s an idiot with no post-NFL skills, like Earl Campbell. In which case he should play till the wheels fall off. Like Earl Campbell did.

  5. One more thing. The dude who compared Martin to Le’Veon Bell is WAY off-base. Bell has spent much more time racking up 1200+ yard seasons than he has spent in the trainer’s room. No comparison.

    Could Bell go down for good in the next game? Of course, just like every other NFL player. But PIT is a shadow if itself without him. He’s too important to let walk.

  6. steelerdeathstar says:
    February 20, 2018 at 11:36 am
    The Steelers should take note. This is why you should be wary of investing big money in a RB.

    Major difference. Steelers’ RB is still good. One of if not the best back in the league. Martin hasn’t been good in 2 years. I like the Steelers’ approach – so far.

  7. You’re very wrong that Bell is too important to let walk, with all due respect. With his history of injury, suspension, and heavy usage, he could fall off the map at just about any time. Plus let’s not forget the other distractions that he often brings to the mix.
    All four of the teams that played for the conference championships (and others) this season used a RB-by-committee approach that worked very well for them, and for a lot less money than the Steelers would tie up in Bell.

  8. That rookie season looks great now on paper but included a slew of garbage yards against some terrible opponents that year – highlighted by his 250yds against the eventually 4-12 Raiders. His second best game of 142yds against Atlanta was a wk17 game in which the Falcons had already secured the top slot.

    Against good Ds his numbers were both more human and inconsistent. And the Bucs finished 7-9 – so more often losing to opponents offering him garbage ground yards as they defended the pass. That’s not say he’s a bad RB, just that the rookie season was anomalous.

  9. This guy has hurt my fantasy teams TWICE…he is dead to me…I say: fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice, shame on me…can see you taking him the first time (after his rookie season) but not the second time…

  10. Sorry, but he was steroid powered. That takes a physical toll. And then if you stop you’re not the same guy.

  11. Pete Carroll and John Schneider on line 1



    They are fine at RB with Carson, Davis, McKissic and Prosise. Focus should be retaining Duane Brown and drafting or picking up free agent OL help.

    Would have been nice if they held on to Alex Collins though.

  12. “fool me twice, shame on me…can see you taking him the first time (after his rookie season) but not the second time…”

    So. It is safe to say, you’re not drafting Amare Cooper this year, huh?

  13. This guy game close to ruining my fantasy football team. I got him in a Trade. I thought he would have a better year this year. Luckily I found better options (Hello Deon Lewis) and won my fantasy league.

  14. As a Bucs fan I’m sad this has happened but completely understand why it has. This is a business, if you’re not producing then you’re a liability. I sincerely hope Martin lands somewhere and produces, despite his past inconsistencies and off the field issues I think he’s a good dude and I wish him well.

  15. steelerdeathstar says:
    February 20, 2018 at 11:36 am
    The Steelers should take note. This is why you should be wary of investing big money in a RB.

    I can’t believe how many people agree with this statement. Even at his peak Martin was nowhere close to the back Bell is and nowhere near as consistent a running back. If you don’t want to pay Bell because you generally don’t believe in paying backs that’s fine but other than that I fail to see how Martin in anyway serves as a cautionary tale.

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