Doug Martin was a healthy scratch in their Monday Night game against the Atlanta Falcons due to discipline reason – Is the last we see of Martin in Tampa Bay?
The veteran running back violated a team rule regarding a meeting and head coach Dirk Koetter decided to leave Martin out of the Monday Night clash between division rivals the Falcons, with Peyton Barber to start at running back for the team’s Week 15 game. .
The rule violation was described as minor, and he should be back on the field for the Bucs’ final two games.
Martin has had a bumpy ride since missing the first four games of the season to serve a suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. In nine games, he’s rushed for 402 yards and three touchdowns for a Tampa Bay squad that has struggled to find traction after entering the season with high expectations.
Sources from inside the organization have revealed that the team is prepared to move on from Doug Martin as a number of discipline incidents begin to add up.
It’s difficult to understand the team’s commitment to Doug Martin, after another disappointing season last year where he struggled to stay on the field. Martin is two years removed from a 1,402 rushing yards season, which was second most in the league; this led to a five-year, $35.75 million contract extension.
Due to his 2016 positive testing for PED, Martins’ contract is no longer guaranteed and give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers options to move on from the 28-year-old former 1 draft pick out of Boise State.
Currently the Buccaneers have the 7th pick in the 2018 NFL draft and it is reported that the team is showing interest in Saquon Barkley. Although while the offensive line needs to improve, a dynamic running back would help as well to assist Jameis Winston to move the chains.
Barkley happens to be an even better prospect than Ezekiel Elliott. It’s quite possible that he could be the first-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and Tampa Bay are already understood to be exploring options to make a move