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Former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez cashes in with Giants

Jim Owczarski
Packers News

GREEN BAY - News that the Green Bay Packers had agreed to terms with free-agent inside linebacker Christian Kirksey before the start of the legal tampering period Monday offered a strong indication that Blake Martinez would be headed elsewhere. That's what happened just before midnight Central time when Martinez reportedly agreed to a $30 million deal with the New York Giants.

The Houston Chronicle reported that $19 million of that is guaranteed and $14 million coming in the first year of the deal.

PackersNews.com reported the Packers were interested in keeping Martinez during the NFL scouting combine in February, but not at the price he was looking for – and ultimately received – at $10 million per year over three years.

Martinez was a fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2016 and grew into a team leader in four seasons with the Packers. He hasn’t missed a game since his rookie year and has made at least 140 total tackles each of the last three seasons.