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Raiders Reportedly Release Veteran RB Doug Martin

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24:  Doug Martin #28 of the Oakland Raiders  carries the ball against the Denver Broncos during the second half of their NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 24, 2018 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Muscle Hamster is headed to the unemployment line. Running back Doug Martin, ahead of what would have been his second campaign with the Oakland Raiders, has been cut loose, per insider Tom Pelissero.

The 30-year-old Martin, a 2012 first-round pick out of Boise State by the Buccaneers, spent the first half-dozen seasons of his career in Tampa Bay before relocating to the "other" Bay Area. He has two seasons of over 1,400 rushing yards to his name, but has battled injuries and inconsistency.

Last season with Jon Gruden's Raiders, he appeared in all 16 games and gained 723 yards on 172 carries, scoring 4 touchdowns. With DeAndre Washington overtaking him for reps at camp, however, the writing was on the wall.

It's not clear what the future holds for Martin, but with injuries to featured backs like Lamar Miller, count on him finding a new home sooner rather than later with the 2019 NFL regular season now so close at hand.