Martin placed on reserve NFL-list

Former Appalachian State and Detroit Lions punter and kicker Sam Martin signed a three-year deal with the Denver Broncos, according to media reports.

DENVER — According to media reports, former Appalachian State punter and kicker Sam Martin has agreed to a free agent deal with the Denver Broncos on March 24.

The Denver Post, citing a league source, said that Martin agreed to a three-year deal for $7.05 million. Martin, who has been the punter for the Detroit Lions since he was the team’s fifth-round draft choice in 2013, averaged 45.3 yards per kick in the 2019 season.

He most recently signed a four-year contract extension with the Lions in 2016. He has a career average of 46.0 yards per punt, and his longest kick with the Lions was in 2013 and went 72 yards.

Martin, who was a first-team Associated Press All-American his senior season, ranked sixth in App State history with a 41.6 yards per kick average. He was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week seven times, and is just the second App State specialist to be drafted into the NFL.

Martin handled kickoff and punting responsibilities with the Lions. He also did the same with App State during his senior season. Martin was named SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 45.2 yards per punt against East Carolina.

He also handled place-kicking duties for the Mountaineers the final four games of the season, making 7-of-10 field goals and 16-of-17 extra points.

He joins current Broncos punters Colby Wadman and Trevor Daniel. Wadman handled the punting duties for the Broncos last season with 78 kicks for 44.4 yards per boot. He had 29 punts inside the 20-yard line.

Martin, who is a Fayetteville, Ga. native, is the third Detroit Lion to sign with the Broncos during the offseason. Offensive guard Graham Glasgo and backup quarterback Jeff Driskel also signed with the team.

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