New England Patriots: Linebacker targets team should go after

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Blake Martinez #50 of the Green Bay Packers  (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Free Agency

Blake Martinez was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and has quickly progressed into being a top linebacker in the league. Martinez is extremely versatile and has totaled at least 144 tackles in each of the last three seasons with the Packers.

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While he has been under the radar this offseason in regards to the abundance of free agents, Martinez- 6’2, 240 lbs – would fit well in the Patriots defense next to Hightower.

Now, most free agents are interested in getting a long-term deal done, especially when you’re testing the market for the first time in your career at 26 years old like Martinez is.

The Patriots aren’t really in a position to make any long term commitments at the moment, but what the Pats can do with a guy like Martinez is offer him a short-term deal worth his market value and with the commitment of winning their seventh Super Bowl.

Considering the way business is handled in today’s NFL where the player has the potential to earn more money each year, a short-term deal with a championship contending team like the Patriots could prove to be both ideal and appealing for a player like Martinez.

Per Spotrac, the market value for Martinez is $ 11.6 million per year.