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Cardinals re-sign linebacker Gabe Martin

The Arizona Cardinals announced they've reached an agreement on a contract extension with linebacker Gabe Martin.

The Arizona Cardinals made headlines around the NFL Monday with their decision to use the franchise tag on linebacker Chandler Jones

And while the decision to bring back Jones was certainly high-profile, it wasn't the only negotiation with a linebacker the Cardinals took part in.

On Monday afternoon, the Cardinals announced they re-signed linebacker Gabe Martin to a one-year contract, bringing the special teams asset into the fold for the third straight season. 

A Bowling Green product, Martin was an undrafted free agent when he first signed with the Cardinals in 2015 as he spent his first season in the professional ranks on Arizona's practice squad. When the Cardinals made the playoffs, the team activated Martin and he made his NFL debut in the division round of the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers. 

Martin made the Cardinals' 53-man roster out of training camp in 2016, and became one of the team's most important special teams assets during the first half of the season. In week 10, though, Martin suffered a season-ending knee injury that landed him on injured reserve. 

Martin will compete with various Cardinals' reserves for spots on Arizona's special teams units in 2017 and should also battle for the right to back up whichever players the team settles on as its starting inside linebackers next season. 

On Monday, the Cardinals also made the re-signing of wide receiver and special teams asset Jeremy Ross official. News of Ross' return broke on Friday when ESPN's Adam Caplan reported the Cardinals were re-signing Ross to a one-year contract extension.


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