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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Release Doug Martin

Muscle Hamster Escapes Cage

On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers informed running back Doug Martin that they will be parting ways. Martin was the 31st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and has had a roller coaster career playing for the Bucs. Martin who was with Tampa for six seasons only played 16 games twice. However, in 2015, Martin did rush for 1402 yards, which was second overall in the league behind Adrian Peterson.

By releasing the 29-year-old RB, the Bucs save $6.75 million against the salary cap. Despite having over $60 Millon in available cap space (now $66M with Martin’s release), the team felt it was time to move on from Martin who had been very inconsistent.

The release leaves just three RB’s on the Bucs Depth Chart; Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Peyton Barber. It’s safe to say Bucs will be targeting a running back either through free agency or at the NFL Draft.

Year Team GM Rush Yds Avg 100+ TD Rec Yds TD
2012
16 319 1454 4.6 5 11 49 472 1
2013
6 127 456 3.6 1 1 12 66 0
2014
11 135 494 3.7 1 2 13 64 0
2015
16 288 1402 4.9 4 6 33 271 1
2016
8 144 421 2.9 0 3 14 134 0
2017
11 138 406 2.9 0 3 9 84 0

Fantasy Impact

If Doug Martin were released a few weeks earlier, he would have made my article of 7 players that could use a change of scenery. Despite being only 29-years old, Martin has only had two seasons where he had over 200 carries. If he can stay healthy, he could prove as a solid workhorse RB for a team needing depth. There are a number of teams that will be searching for an RB in free agency, I don’t expect Martin to last too long on the open market. He should find a home quickly.

Thanks for reading

Mike Rigz

Mike is the founding member at Gridiron Experts with over 1000+ articles credited to his name. With over 20 years of fantasy experience, Mike has a very unique style when picking sleepers and gems. He has always had a outside the box look on the NFL and rarely gets sucked into the hype over players or buzzing offenses. Mike looks at the game as a whole and doesn't focus solely on individual stats. Football is not Baseball, and you need to factor in more when researching players to draft. Mike has two kids and lives on the West Coast. He's happily married to a beautiful woman who also loves sports. Sundays are spent with friends and family watching games from opening kickoff to well into the evenings.

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