Biggs: Packers strike a deal with Derrick Martin
The Green Bay Packers have a host of restricted free agents and they squared away business with one of them on Monday when the club reached agreement on a two-year contract with safety Derrick Martin, one of the team’s top special teams performers.
Martin’s agent Brad Cicala told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the deal included some guaranteed money, something that Martin would not have gotten in a tender off as an RFA.
The Packers have seven more RFAs and they’re key players: safeties Atari Bigby and Nick Collins, cornerback Will Blackmon, defensive end Johnny Jolly, fullback John Kuhn and offensive linemen Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz. The deadline for teams to send RFA tenders to players is March 4, the day before free agency opens.
Martin, who was acquired from Baltimore in a September trade, likely would have been tendered at the low level which would have meant a salary of $1.176 million.
“We wanted a little more security going into camp and make sure he had a home," Cicala told Silverstein.
Stay tuned to see if Green Bay can strike some more deals. The Packer surely would like to get Collins under contract longterm.
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