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 CBSSports.com 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.