The Raiders were clearly in need of some center help after trading away Rodney Hudson to the Cardinals a few days ago.
It’s worth mentioning that signing Martin to a contract won’t impact a team’s 2022 compensatory picks, given that he was released this offseason.
Martin, 27, is a former second-round pick of the Texans back in 2016. He was in the final year of his four-year, $4.77 million contract and set to make a base salary of $1.1 million for the 2019 season when he agreed to a new three-year, $33 million extension that includes $18.35 million guaranteed with Houston.
Martin was owed a $7.25 million base salary for the 2020 season when the Texans released him last month.
In 2020, Martin appeared in all 16 games for the Texans, making 16 starts at center.
We had him included in our Top 100 Available 2021 Free Agents list.