After six up and mostly down seasons, Doug Martin's run with the Bucs is over. The 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. The decision will save the Bucs $6.75 million that Martin was scheduled to earn in 2018. Because of the structure of his contract, the team will absorb no dead money on their salary cap. The release of Martin opens the door for a new featured running back for the Bucs in 2018. That could be third-year running back Peyton Barber or a major addition in the draft or free agency. Martin, 29, was a first-round pick of the Bucs from Boise State in 2012 and quickly burst onto the scene, rushing for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie and being named to his first Pro Bowl.