It's been a rollercoaster year for Doug Martin. After capping off a 1,400-yard season around this time in 2015 he is going to miss the Buccaneers final game of 2016 after being a healthy scratch last week as well. Two healthy scratches to close out the year is a sign that Martin may not be with Tampa Bay come 2017.
What is to come of Martin's future? He signed a 5-year contract worth over $35 million before the 2016 season kicked off, then he got hurt and missed 8 games only to come back and have 16+ touches each game until his healthy scratch right before game-time last week in New Orleans. The problem with his touches is what he was doing with them; nothing. He was racking up a pathetic 2.9YPC this season or 2nd worst among all players with at least 50 carries on the year - James Starks was the only player that faired worse. Even guys like Joe Flacco (2.8) and Carson Palmer (2.7) were nipping at the heels of the 2nd leading rusher of 2015 in the yards per carry column this year.
Being healthy scratched last week and this coming week for the season finale mixed with the huge disappointment of a season points to the Buccaneers being ready to move on from Martin, but can you blame them?
Doug Martin performed like the Brock Osweiler of running backs in 2016, living nowhere near up-to expectations for the monster deal he was given before the year kicked off. With a base salary of $7 million in 2017 don't be shocked ... actually expect ... to see Martin in a new uniform when the year begins.