Safety Derrick Martin agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Packers, his agent told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday.
“We wanted a little more security going into camp and make sure he had a home,” said Brad Cicala, who didn’t provide financial terms of the deal.
Martin is a four-year NFL veteran and normally would be an unrestricted free agent. However, if the NFL and the players’ union can’t come to a labor agreement by March 5, the requirement for unrestricted free agency would move from four years to six, making Martin a restricted free agent.
“Derrick wanted to stay,” Cicala told the Journal Sentinel. “All things being equal, with the collective bargaining agreement still in question, they gave us a pretty good offer and we were fair with them. Derrick likes to play football, and for him, it was one of those things where he wanted (to be settled) going into camp.”
The Ravens traded Martin to the Packers last season, and he played in 14 games for Green Bay, with one start. He finished the season with 25 tackles.
Martin could play a bigger role for the Packers if the team doesn’t re-sign SS Atari Bigby and CB Will Blackmon, both of whom most likely will be restricted free agents.