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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Black and Blue all over: D. Martin signs

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

It will be interesting to see if Green Bay safety Derrick Martin's decision to sign a two-year contract Monday will become a trend in the new world of the NFL's anticipated uncapped environment.

Martin would have been an unrestricted free agent under the league's current system, but qualified only for restricted status in an uncapped season. He took the Packers' offer before finding out what type of restricted tender they would extend or if he would receive any interest on the free-agent market.

As Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out, the restricted tender would not have been guaranteed. The two-year contract had some guaranteed money.

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has coverage as well.

Martin was mostly a special-teams player in 2009, but he will give the Packers depth as they tackle two bigger issues -- namely the pending restricted status of their two starting safeties, Nick Collins and Atari Bigby. If there has been progress on either player's situation, it hasn't made its way to the public domain.

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