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LB Blake Martinez agrees to terms with Giants

Fifth-year veteran led Packers in tackles over the past three seasons

LB Blake Martinez
LB Blake Martinez

GREEN BAY – Big Blake is headed to the Big Apple.

Former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez has agreed to terms with the New York Giants, the fifth-year veteran confirmed Wednesday. Martinez led Green Bay in tackles in each of the past three seasons and was the first Packers defender to do so in back-to-back years since linebacker A.J. Hawk (2012-13).

Martinez has a connection to the Giants. Former Packers inside linebackers coach Patrick Graham was hired as New York's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach this offseason.

Martinez, 26, started all 36 games since 2017 and 45 of 49 regular-season games in which he played in since entering the NFL as fourth-round pick (131st overall) out of Stanford in 2016. He also wore the communication helmet for Green Bay's defense in each of past three seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 237-pound linebacker was second in the league with 155 tackles in 2019, the third consecutive year in which Martinez recorded more than 140 tackles. He finishes his Packers career with 512 tackles, 10 sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Martinez was active in the Green Bay community during his time in Green Bay and a spokesperson for the Packers vs. Cancer initiative. For his efforts, he was selected the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2019.

Green Bay addressed Martinez's potential departure on Tuesday when it officially signed former Cleveland inside linebacker Christian Kirksey. The Packers also are poised to return former third-round pick Oren Burks, 2019 draft choice Ty Summers and former undrafted free agent Curtis Bolton.

Take a look at photos of Packers LB Blake Martinez from the 2019 season.