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Lions To Keep P Sam Martin On NFI List To Open Season

Dave Birkett reports that the Lions are keeping Kasey Redfern as their punter, which means Sam Martin is expected to start the season on the non-football injury list.

Martin, 26, is a former fifth-round pick of the Lions back in 2013. He was in the final year of his four-year, $2.320 million contract when he signed a four-year, $13.6 million extension with the Lions last year, making him one of the highest paid punters in the NFL.

Martin stands to make base salaries of $2.25 million and $2.32 million over the next two years of the agreement.

In 2016, Martin totaled 2,800 punt yards on 62 attempts (45.16 per) to go along with 55 touchbacks.