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Broncos come to terms with veteran punter Sam Martin on three-year deal

3/25/2020 10:37:05 AM
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The Broncos have agreed with former Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin on a three-year, $7.05 million contract, Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver. It is not good news for incumbent Colby Wadman as even with expanded rosters, teams will only carry one punter. The Broncos had also signed former Houston Texans punter Trevor Daniel to a futures contract in January.

Martin’s $2.35 million annual average makes him the NFL’s 14th-highest paid punter.

Brandon McManus, the Broncos’ placekicker, had his $1 million option on his $3 million option exercised by the Broncos last week. So he’s safe.

But the Broncos let go of long snapper Casey Kreiter, replacing him with either Northern Colorado’s Jacob Bobenmoyer or Wes Farnsworth. And now McManus’ holder is about to change as Wadman is not expected to return. Martin was the holder for Matt Prater, the former Bronco, in Detroit the  past six years.

Martin also handled kickoffs for the Lions.

Martin ranked 13th in the NFL last year with a net punting average of 41.8 yards and was No. 2 with only 4.5 yards per return. He was tied for 18th with a 45.8-yard gross average.

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