There will defintiely be a new punter in Detroit in 2020. We already knew that, but Tuesday’s news makes it official.
Longtime Lions punter Sam Martin agreed to a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos. Per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network , Martin will sign in Denver for three years at just over $7 million total.
Martin has spent his entire 7-year career in Detroit after joining the Lions as a 5th-round draft pick from Appalachian State back in 2013. He was a steady performer over the time, though most Lions fans never got past his bad shank in the playoff loss to Dallas after the 2014 season.
His 46.0 gross yards per punt ranks 10th all-time in NFL history. Despite that, the Lions did little to hide their desire to move on without Martin. The team has signed two punters already in Jack Fox and Matt Wile.