The Detroit Lions didn’t bring back punter Sam Martin in free agency this offseason, but it apparently wasn’t for a lack of trying.
Martin, who had started his career in Detroit and fit in well with the team, departed abruptly this offseason and landed with the Denver Broncos. He nearly returned to the Lions, though, which is something he revealed on The Pat McAfee Show. As Martin explained, there was no hard feelings and it was simply time for a change. Matt Prater also played a role.
“Yeah, I did have an offer to go back to Detroit and I was definitely interested in going back to Detroit. Denver, as a punter, it’s a really appealing place to go. Once we started talking with them it became a reality that I could end up there. We spoke a little bit about coach (Tom) McMahon and philosophy and punting, combined with that and all the praise I used to get from (Matt) Prater on a weekly basis on how much he loved the city and Colorado in general, it became a place I really wanted to land. Detroit was definitely still on the table but Denver was appealing and the contract was as well and that’s kind of how it played out.”
Martin’s departure left a hole in the Detroit specialty teams group that the team will have to patch starting this offseason. That’s their goal as he heads to the thin air to gain some additional yardage.
Sam Martin Signed With Broncos During Free Agency
Martin agreed to a new contract with the Denver Broncos. Martin will join Denver on a 3 year pact in which he will be paid $7.05 million dollars, which was revealed a few months ago during free agency.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 24, 2020
Now that Martin is departing, the Lions will have to prioritize the punter position either in free agency or the draft. It’s more likely to be in the draft, given there is a lack of free agent punters on the market at this point.
Sam Martin Stats
Martin was drafted by the Lions in 2013 as a fifth round pick out of Appalachian State. While playing for the Lions, Martin has been known as a punter with …read more