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Report: Chargers want to keep Vaughn Martin

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Vaughn Martin has made 27 starts on the defensive line over the last two years and a report on Friday indicates they’d like to see him make a few more in the future.

Jason La Canfora of reports that the Chargers hope to retain Martin, who is currently an unrestricted free agent. Martin was a fourth round pick out of Western Ontario in the 2009 draft and has been primarily a run stopper during his tenure in San Diego. He had 19 tackles and a sack in 12 starts during the 2012 season.

According to La Canfora, the Chargers will have a fair amount of competition for Martin’s services. The Eagles, Saints, Lions and Patriots are also believed to be interested in adding him to their defensive line rotations. All of those teams play out of a 3-4 base except for the Lions and Martin’s experienced in that look after his run with the Chargers.

The Chargers have lost Antonio Garay and Aubrayo Franklin from last year’s defensive line. They haven’t signed any players to bolster the unit.

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5 Responses to “Report: Chargers want to keep Vaughn Martin”
  1. hunternuts says: Mar 22, 2013 10:52 AM

    The Patriots ran a 4-3 base last season.

  2. homelanddefense says: Mar 22, 2013 11:01 AM

    uh, the pats havent played out of a 3-4 base in a few years. You could agrue that Ninkovich is basically a LB, but he lines up with his hands on the ground in their “base set”.

  3. richmondbolt says: Mar 22, 2013 11:25 AM

    If the Eagles, Saints, Lions or Patriots want to over pay for his very average play then feel free. Purely a rotational player. Proved last year that’s his ceiling.

  4. joetoronto says: Mar 22, 2013 12:04 PM

    “Report: Chargers want to keep Vaughn Martin”

    He must be getting the league minimum.

  5. jmm552012 says: Mar 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    I was under the impression that V. Martin was a gem in the rough. I hope the Chargers don’t give him up as I have seen flashes of potential in his limited play.

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