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The Buccaneers Have Released 2-Time Pro Bowl Running Back Doug Martin

An interior view of the Tampa bay Buccaneers stadium.

Raymond James Stadium scoreboard and pirate ship as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Baltimore Ravens September 10, 2006 in Tampa. The Ravens defeated the Bucs 27 - 0. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

An NFL team announced a surprising roster move today. A multi-time Pro Bowl running back has been released.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced this morning that two-time Pro Bowler Doug Martin has been released. The franchise's decision was first reported by Rick Stroud.

"Doug Martin, a two-time Pro Bowl running back, was released by Tampa Bay Tuesday, a move that was expected after he failed to rush for less than 500 yards in four of the past five seasons. General manager Jason Licht informed Martin of the move Tuesday morning," Stroud said.

The decision is a financial one. It will save the franchise some serious money.

"Doug Martin, a two-time Pro Bowl running back, was released by Tampa Bay Tuesday, a move that was expected after he failed to rush for less than 500 yards in four of the past five seasons. General manager Jason Licht informed Martin of the move Tuesday morning."

Martin has been one of the best running backs in the NFL. Lately, though, he hasn't been at his elite level.

The former Boise State star was a first-team All-Pro in 2015. He rushed for more than 1,400 yards.

Martin started just 16 games over the last two seasons, though. He rushed for a little more than 400 yards in both years.

There will likely be plenty of suitors for the 29-year-old running back. It wouldn't be surprising to see him bounce back in a major way in 2018.