Martin finished last year averaging 45.3 yards per punt on 76 tries, good for 19th in the NFL. He landed about 40% of his kicks inside the 20-yard line with 7 touchbacks. The $2.35 million average per year on his new contract will ranks 14th most in punter salary.
The move is yet another attempt to improve Tom McMahon’s special teams. Denver finished 2019 as the 24th best special teams unit in the NFL according to FootballOutsiders.com, despite the advantage of playing in the thin air of Mile High for eight games of the season. Elway has already let former Pro Bowl longsnapper Casey Kreiter hit the market and this likely marks the end for Colby Wadman as well.
Pride of Detroit’s resident numbers expert Kent Lee Platte spoke highly of the move.
Sam Martin is very, very good. Has both power and control over his punts.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 24, 2020
You got a good one.