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Sam Martin is one of the more important Detroit Lions hitting free agency once the playoffs are over. Martin doesn’t seem too stressed about his uncertain future.

It will be interesting to see if the Lions value bringing him back. Based on how they’ve handled him over the last year, the answer is probably no. Martin had to take a pay cut to remain with the team in 2019, and he battled injuries that robbed him of some leg strength early in the season.

He did average 45.3 yards, his best since 2016. That average nudged over 50 yards per boot in the final five weeks.

“I think I finished strong,” Martin said via the Detroit Free Press recently. “I was dealing with my ab issue, which was unfortunate. But I feel like we finished strong as a special-teams unit. We started a little slow maybe, but I think special teams finished pretty strong in the end there.”

Martin admits he hasn’t really thought about where his NFL future lies, be it Detroit or elsewhere.

“At this point, there’s a lot that has to happen between now and then with free agency and the Lions or whatever,” Martin stated. “I don’t even know how it goes. I haven’t thought about it. We’ll see what happens.”

The Lions recently signed two punters, Matt Wile and Jack Fox, to reserve/future contracts. Detroit has the cap room to re-sign Martin, who has been an above-average punter for most of his 7-year NFL career, but may choose to go in a different direction.

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