Bucs release Doug Martin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was cut by the team on Tuesday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was cut by the team on Tuesday. More

After following up a strong rookie year in 2012 with back-to-back disappointing seasons, Martin temporarily quieted his critics by amassing 1,673 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in 2015, netting him a five-year, $35.75 million contract extension the following spring.

Just twice in his six seasons with the Bucs has Martin rushed for more than 500 yards.

The 5-foot-9 Martin was known by the nickname "Muscle Hamster, ' though he made it clear that he preferred the self-bestowed monicker 'Dougernaut" instead. Tough times would follow though. Martin struggled with injuries in his next two seasons, playing in only 17 of the 32 games in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

In addition to injuries, Martin was also suspended four games in December of 2016 for violating the National Football League substance abuse policy.

His release, first reported by Rick Stroud, comes as no surprise given his lack of production over the past two seasons.

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Martin, 29, has 4,633 rushing yards and 28 total touchdowns in his career so far. Peyton Barber was the team's leading rushing last season with 423 rushing yards on 3.9 yards per carry.

New England was ridiculously deep at running back in 2017, but it could lose Dion Lewis and/or Rex Burkhead once free agency opens next month.

An NFL team announced a surprising roster move today.

Coached by former Boise State coach Dirk Koetter, the Buccaneers had four former Broncos in camp last fall in Martin, Thomas Sperbeck, Jeremy McNichols and Jonathan Moxey.

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