Cutting Martin saves the Buccaneers money and puts an end to a dramatic relationship which hasn’t been really good since his second season with the team.
With the emergence of Barber, the existence of Rodgers, and the likelihood of the team going out in free-agency or the draft to find more talent, it just doesn’t make sense to pay him more than $6 Million in 2018.
The five-year pro will get a shot with another squad, and he may find new life with them the same way Austin Seferian-Jenkins did with the New York Jets.
Which is fine. Ultimately, like some tend to do, this relationship is no longer good for anyone involved. Both sides can only grow if they do so, apart.
To say Rodgers is a lock to stay on the team wouldn’t be accurate.
He’s only 28-years old despite having just finished his seventh season in the NFL. He’s averaged 3.8 yards per carry over his career and provides the potential to impact the receiving games having twice eclipsed fifty catches in his days with the Falcons.
He’s not as quick and nimble as he once was, but he’s a team player, professional, and knows how to fill his role nicely.
Plus, do you really want to start the new league year with just Peyton Barber on your roster?