LB - NYG
Blake Martinez and the Giants have agreed to a restructured contract and he will return for his third season in New York.
The restructure is expected to save about $6 million in cap space. The 28-year-old is coming off a season cut short by an ACL injury, but he has 174 tackles for the Giants in two years.
The Giants and talented linebacker Blake Martinez have discussed a reworked contract ahead of the upcoming free agency period, according to a report from Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
The Giants want to retain Martinez. However, he's coming off a torn ACL, is owed $8.525 million this coming season, and will carry a $14.025 million cap figure. All three of these factors have motivated the sides' interest in a reworked deal. Yet, if they can't come to terms, New York might feel obligated to release Martinez. Doing so would create $8.525 million in cap space while incurring $5.5 million in dead money. Expect the Giants to push for a resolution by the start of free agency next week. Whether this closure will come in the form of a reworked deal or a release remains to be seen.
Per Mike Garafolo, Giants MLB Blake Martinez tore his ACL on Sunday and is out for the rest of the season.
After exiting quickly with an injury on Sunday against the Falcons, Martinez had an MRI on Monday that confirmed he tore his ACL. He will miss the rest of the season. His status for the 2021 season is unknown as the recovery time is about 8-12 months.
Blake Martinez and the Giants agree to a three-year, $30 million contract, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Martinez finished second in the NFL in tackles with 155 last season. He has been one more durable linebackers, playing in all 48 regular-season games for the Packers the last three seasons. Martinez will bolster a Giants run defense which was in bottom of the league in 2019. The 26-year old will once again be one of the top linebackers off the board in IDP formats.
Blake Martinez ended Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Lions with seven tackles (six solo), one sack, and an interception.
Martinez dominated the regular season for the Packers defense totaling 155 tackles, one interception, three sacks, and a forced fumble. The fourth-year veteran should be a top priority in redraft IDP leagues and in dynasty formats.
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