Doug Martin Not Assured Starting Job Upon Suspension Return

Chris Chavez
Sports Illustrated
<p>The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released running back Doug Martin, the team <a href="https://twitter.com/TBBuccaneers/status/965984341846298624" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:announced" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">announced</a> Tuesday.</p><p>Martin spent each of his six seasons with the team after being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.</p><p>He was set to make $6.75 million in base salary in 2018 as part of a five–year, $35.75 million contract extension he signed in 2016.</p><p>Martin, 29, played in 11 games last season, but only ran for 406 yards and scored three touchdowns.</p><p>A two-time Pro Bowler, Martin had his best season in 2015, when he ran for 1,402 yards. He was named a first-time AP All-Pro at the end of the season.</p><p>In his career, Martin has 4,633 rushing yards and 1,091 receiving yards with 28 total touchdowns.</p>

Buccaneers Release Doug Martin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released running back Doug Martin, the team announced Tuesday.

Martin spent each of his six seasons with the team after being selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

He was set to make $6.75 million in base salary in 2018 as part of a five–year, $35.75 million contract extension he signed in 2016.

Martin, 29, played in 11 games last season, but only ran for 406 yards and scored three touchdowns.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Martin had his best season in 2015, when he ran for 1,402 yards. He was named a first-time AP All-Pro at the end of the season.

In his career, Martin has 4,633 rushing yards and 1,091 receiving yards with 28 total touchdowns.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has not been assured that he will be the team's starting running back when he returns from a drug suspension, general manager Jason Licht told ESPN.

Martin has three games remaining in his suspension and will return in Week 4 against the New York Giants.

"Look, he has done everything we've asked him to do, and he looks reminiscent of 2015 when he was playing for his contract," Licht said. "He looks the same out there, mentally and physically. So he might be one of those guys that needs a carrot. And he's got a pretty big carrot in front of him right now, because there's no guarantees that he's going to be here. And he knows that. We've talked to him, and he's good with it. He goes, 'I understand.'"

Tampa Bay will likely rely on Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims in Martin's absence.

Martin finished last season with 421 yards and three touchdowns in 144 attempts.

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