Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After back-to-back sup-par seasons in 2013 and 2014, Martin bounced back with 1,402 yards in 2015, and earned Pro Bowl honors yet again.

An NFL team announced a surprising roster move today.

The release of Martin opens the door for a new featured running back for the Bucs in 2018.

The team made the announcement Tuesday with Martin, according to the Tampa Bay Times, informed by general manager Jason Licht of the decision that morning. That negated future guaranteed money from the contract, so releasing him won't have salary cap ramifications. Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers have turned up in some moments as good complements to Martin, but only Rodgers is under contract in 2018.

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Martin exploded onto the scene his rookie year in 2012, rushing for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns. He racked up 1,402 rushing yards that season - second in the National Football League behind Adrian Peterson - while also catching 33 passes for 271 yards and scoring seven total touchdowns. He rushed for a career-low 406 yards on 138 carries, while his 2.9 yards per attempt tied his career-worst mark from last season. He stayed healthy for once, playing all 16 games while putting up 1,402 yards and seven touchdowns.

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.

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.

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