Doug Martin released by Buccaneers

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Former Boise State running back Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Just twice in his six seasons with the team has Martin rushed for more than 500 yards. Martin rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie but struggled over the next two seasons. With Charles Sims set to become an unrestricted free agent in March, Barber and veteran Jacquizz Rodgers are the only two tailbacks now under contract with the Buccaneers for 2018.

Baker, 30, lasted only one season with Tampa Bay, managing just a half-sack after totaling 9.5 in the previous two years with the Redskins.

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With the reemergence of the running game as a staple, and the diversification of National Football League offenses, players with talent like Martin's are invaluable in today's game.

The Bucs averaged 90.6 rushing yards per game in 2017, 27th in the league. "We need to get better run-blocking". And even though most teams will want to steer clear of the possibility of the running back coming on board for the 2018 season, Los Angeles needs to at least consider the possibility. Like all ERFAs, Barber's immediate future is controlled by his team. Because he engaged in conduct detrimental to the team, the Bucs were no longer on the hook for any guaranteed money, facilitating his release. The $15 million guaranteed by the contract has been paid - Martin's 2016 and 2017 salaries and a roster bonus in 2016.

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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.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Tampa Bay also has the 38, 69, 104, 135, 166, 188 and 211 choices.

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