TAMPA BAY, Fl. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with former Boise State running back Doug Martin, on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers made the announcement on Twitter.
Tampa Bay selected Martin with the 31st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He burst on to the scene with a career-high 1,454 yards rushing as a rookie and earned Pro Bowl honors. 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.
The performance was good enough to warrant a 5-year, $35.75 million deal from Tampa Bay in March of 2016. Tough times would follow though. Martin rushed for a career-low 421 yards in 2016, before establishing a new career-low with just 406 yards this past season.
In addition to injuries, Martin was also suspended four games in December of 2016 for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. Martin reportedly tested positive for Adderall. Martin, 29, rushed for 3,431 yards during his playing days at Boise State. He also recorded 43 career rushing touchdowns, the fifth most in school-history.