Packers Keep Safety Martin

S Derrick Martin (Seth Perlman/AP)

The special-teams standout, who was set to hit restricted free agency, signed a two-year contract. He tallied 21 tackles in 14 games on special teams in 2009.

The Packers signed one of their eight restricted free agents on Monday, inking special-teams standout Derrick Martin to a two-year contract.

The move was reported first by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and was confirmed to Packer Report. Terms were not disclosed, though he would have made $1.176 million with the lowest of the restricted free agent tenders.

Martin was acquired on a cutdown-weekend trade from the Baltimore Ravens for offensive lineman Tony Moll. While he performed poorly in his only start at safety, Week 4 at Minnesota, Martin provided toughness and fire to the Packers' subpar special teams by posting 21 tackles in 14 games. That's only one less than Desmond Bishop's team-high 22.

Martin was shifted to safety by the Ravens and played that position for the Packers, even though he entered the league and spent his first few seasons at cornerback. Both of his career interceptions came at cornerback in 2007. No doubt he'd be better positioned to play safety with a year in Dom Capers' scheme.

With Martin under contract, the other restricted free agents are cornerback safety Atari Bigby, cornerback Will Blackmon, guard Daryn Colledge, safety Nick Collins, defensive end Johnny Jolly, center/guard Jason Spitz and cornerback Tramon Williams.


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