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Bucs decline fifth-year option of RB Martin


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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not pick up the fifth-year option for running back Doug Martin, the Tampa Bay Times reported Monday.

Martin will become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season. The Bucs still can sign Martin to an extension before free agency opens next spring.

Martin, who rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns in 16 starts as a rookie, has been limited by injuries the last two seasons. He rushed for 456 yards in six games in 2013 and 494 yards in 14 games last season.

The 26-year-old Martin’s average has dropped from 4.6 yards per attempt in 2012 to 3.6 and 3.7 in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

The Bucs did not pick a running back in this year’s draft. Martin will battle for carries with Bobby Rainey, Mike James and Charles Sims.

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