By Bonnie Mott
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the move we all anticipated would happen and released running back Doug Martin a few weeks ago after Martin failed to live up to expectations. In light of Martin’s departure, Bucs general manager Jason Licht took some time to weigh in on Martin’s status at the NFL Combine and provided some insight regarding why the team decided to officially call it quits on the former star Pro Bowl running back.
“Unfortunately, in this business, for all of us, it’s a results-oriented business and the production wasn’t matching where he was at, so we had to make a decision,” Licht said. “That’s just the way it is with your entire roster. Sometimes, production can be [such that] stats don’t tell the whole story, but with any player if, over time – and I’m not singling out Doug here – if they’re not producing then it’s time to move on.”
Martin unfortunately failed to rush for 500 yards this season and even struggled to produce a single 100-yard plus game. Overall, he has struggled to help the Bucs generate an effective running game which has resulted in his release and the franchise has kicked off their search for a new, talented running back that can hopefully escort this offense to a ton of success this year. Though the decision about Martin was a tough one to make considering how much success he has seen in the past, he simply hasn’t returned to the productive player he’s known to be which is why the Bucs released him rather than giving him another opportunity to turn things...