Tight end re-signs

The Green Bay Packers Tuesday re-signed tight end David Martin to a restricted free-agent tender and waived punter Travis Hale.<p>

Terms of Martin's contract were not disclosed, but the Packers tendered him a minimum qualifying offer of $628,000 prior to the start of free agency.

The Packers currently have two remaining restricted free agents – cornerback/safety Bhawoh Jue and linebacker Torrance Marshall. Neither of those two players received offers from other teams during the NFL's signing period that ended Friday. Safety Curtis Fuller re-signed with the team Feb. 25 and defensive tackle Rod Walker, the team's fifth RFA, signed with Carolina after the Packers chose not to extend him a qualifying offer. Fuller signed off on a deal that will pay him a base salary of $455,000, plus incentives. Martin, 25, last season played behind Pro Bowler Bubba Franks and veteran Wesley Walls. He also played on special teams. Martin played in all 16 games for the first time as a pro, making three starts as a second tight end (Sept. 21 at Arizona, Nov. 23 vs. San Francisco and Nov. 27 at Detroit). He also saw action in both playoff games, including a start in Green Bay's Wild Card win over Seattle (Jan. 4) when the Packers opened the game with three tight ends.

Martin (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) last season matched his career high with 13 receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded seven tackles, including a forced fumble, while covering kicks and finished second on the Packers in special teams blocks with 59.

Martin was expected to contribute more on offense, and was passed up on the depth chart by Walls early during the 2003 season.

Martin originally joined the Packers as their sixth-round choice (198th overall) in the 2001 draft. The team's 2001 offensive rookie of the year, he played wide receiver in college at Tennessee.

Hale was signed as a free agent in March. He was out of football last season.


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