Bucs release former first-rounder

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released running back and former first round pick Doug Martin this morning.

In 2017, Martin rushed for 406 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games. He was selected to two Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro in 2015.

Martin just finished the second year of a five-year $35.7M contract. His departure will open up about $6.7M in cap space for the Buccaneers.

While he certainly never really met the hype he created in his rookie season, Martin can still make a roster. He’ll likely end up with a team who uses a platoon style backfield. Look for San Francisco and perhaps Denver to express some interest in the 29-year-old.