Black and Blue all over: The Smith-Martin swap

September, 7, 2009
9/07/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert


One item escaped us of full discussion during the weekend flurry of roster moves: Green Bay’s decision to release safety Anthony Smith, one of its two free-agent acquisitions this winter. (Smith was claimed on waivers by St. Louis, the team with No. 2 priority in the waiver system.)

General manager Ted Thompson said the Packers decided they wanted more of a swing player who could move between safety and cornerback. As a result, they traded for Baltimore defensive back Derrick Martin.
Thompson: “It was just a thing, we had an opportunity to get a player from Baltimore that kind of fit what we were looking for. A little bit of a corner, a little bit of a safety, special teams. It just came down to that.”
Martin has a bit of a checkered past; in 2008, he was arrested at a security checkpoint in Cleveland on suspicion of marijuana possession. The charges were later dropped, but he served a one-game NFL suspension.

Martin told Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette that he has “never failed a drug test.” He hopes to get up to speed quickly in the Packers’ scheme and perhaps serve as the dime back in their defense.

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