Blake Martinez signing with Raiders, reunites with Patrick Graham

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Blake Martinez has a new home.

The former Giants star linebacker is signing with the Raiders, according to Jordan Schultz of The Score. He’s reuniting with former Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who is now in Las Vegas in the same role.

In his first season with the team in 2020, Martinez started all 16 games and led the Giants with 151 tackles. He had signed a three year deal worth around $30 million after four standout seasons with the Packers. He led the NFL with 144 tackles in 2017 in Green Bay.

Blake Martinez
Blake Martinez played two seasons with the Giants.
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Martinez tore his ACL just three games into last season, however, ending his second campaign in New York early.

The 28-year-old restructured his deal all the way down to $1.25 million for this season, and returned healthy for the end of training camp. But new head coach Brian Daboll did not have much use for Martinez, The Post’s Paul Schwartz reported, and he did not fit new defensive coordinator Wink Martindale’s scheme.

After being named a team captain each of his first two seasons, Martinez was not named a captain before this year, and also lost his green-dot helmet responsibilities of relaying the defensive signals to his teammates.

In September, the Giants released Martinez. He remained a free agent through the first four weeks of the season.

Graham and ex-Giants coach Joe Judge were particularly fond of Martinez, who now gets to play on Graham’s defense once again.

The Raiders finally notched their first win of the season under Josh McDaniels on Sunday, a 32-23 victory over the Broncos.



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