The production from the tight end position took a major dip last season, and there were several reasons for that. One of them was the absence of veteran David Martin, who was placed on injured reserve before being let go in early December. Now, the Dolphins have decided they can use Martin again, which is why they have re-signed him.
Martin, who wound up not playing in the NFL last season, caught 31 passes for 450 yards and three touchdowns in 2008 when he teamed with Anthony Fasano
to give the Dolphins the best 1-2 tight end punch they had ever had.
That year, the tight ends tied the franchise records with 11 touchdowns and set a new mark for combined yards.
Martin was the downfield threat that season, and no one was able to adequately fill that role in 2009.
With Martin signed, the Dolphins are up to five tight ends on the roster, the other three being Joey Haynos, Kory Sperry and John Nalbone. It's not likely the Dolphins will keep more than three, which should mean bad news for Sperry and Nalbone.