What a weird career it's been for Doug Martin

What a weird career it's been for Doug Martin

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.

It's the end of a tumultuous era in Tampa Bay Buccaneers football, as the Buccaneers have released the enigmatic running back that is Doug Martin.

Depending on how they handle a few of their own impending free agents, the New England Patriots could have a need at running back this offseason.

He recorded just 406 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 2.9 yards per carry.

Tampa Bay drafted Martin No. 31 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Boise State.

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Over the course of his six-season career, Martin has earned more than $20 million, per Spotrac. He also was named to his first pro bowl. He had an incredible 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.

He'll likely get a one-year deal somewhere, but the Muscle Hamster's best days are behind him.

During the last two disappointing seasons, Martin rushed for 827 yards and six touchdowns in 19 games.

In 2016, Martin was suspended for four games in violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, testing positive for Adderall. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times said the Buccaneers saved $6.75 million by cutting Martin.

However, Martin failed to reach even 500 rushing yards in any of his other four seasons in Tampa.