What Martin Offers

Why did the Vikings put an emphasis on signing a backup defensive tackle in free agency? A team source explains the thinking.

Seeking to add depth and some muscle to the interior defensive line, the Vikings have added another piece to the puzzle. Defensive tackle Steve Martin and the team have agreed to terms of a deal believed to be for four years.

In Martin, the Vikings get a hard-nosed player that understands how to play the position well. Experienced and a good teammate, Martin is not the type of player seeking the spotlight. He is more of that lunch-pail type player that comes to work everyday and will be productive.

Surprisingly quick and strong at the point of attack, Martin will take pressure off veteran defensive tackle Chris Hovan. The signing of Martin will provide the Vikings the opportunity to utilize Kevin Williams, coming off a strong rookie season, at defensive end in some defensive schemes.

"Steve (Martin) visited with us on Friday and we came away impressed with him," a team source said. "At first I wasn't sure if something would get done with Martin because he was seeking a deal we were not comfortable with.

"As we continued talks, it all came together, this was a deal that both sides gave on to get done. We are very happy with the addition of Martin, he will help us get where we want to get."

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