Dolphins Sign DL Vaughn Martin

Posted Mar 28, 2013

Miami is staying young in its four-man front with former Charger.

Make that an even 12 free agents that the Miami Dolphins have signed in the two weeks since free agency began, as former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Vaughn Martin was inked to a deal today.

The 6-foot-4, 297-pound Jamaican also talked to the Chargers, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks before settling on the Dolphins. Things were still up in the air earlier today for Martin regarding where he was going to end up.

“I was actually on the plane to Seattle this morning when I got off the plane to come over here back to Davie and sign,” he said.

Martin was a fourth-round selection by San Diego (113th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft out of little known University of Western Ontario in Canada and became the first Canadian underclassmen to get drafted by an NFL team. In addition to lining up at defensive end and tackle for the Mustangs, Martin also played fullback in short-yardage situations.

A starter in 27 of his 48 games with the Chargers, Martin had three years of eligibility remaining when he declared for the draft because he already was 22 years old. He has compiled 78 career tackles (46 solo), three sacks and one forced fumble in four NFL seasons.

“We are excited that Vaughn is a member of the Dolphins,” said Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland, who has had a pretty successful track record finding players from Canada. “He is an athletic player that we feel will make a positive impact and bring depth to the defensive side of the ball.”

Ireland signed former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Lance Louis yesterday and now has brought in a total of seven free agents from outside of the organization and five from within – wide receiver Brian Hartline, quarterback Matt Moore, safety Chris Clemons, defensive tackle Randy Starks and offensive lineman Nate Garner.

The Dolphins actually brought Martin down for a visit back in 2009 before the draft to take a look at him. That just happened to be the same year they signed two-time Pro Bowler Cameron Wake out of the Canadian Football League.

“I got to see him in college. Obviously, I was up there in Canada,” said Martin, who has been training up in Delray Beach with Dolphins center Mike Pouncey. “I saw him just ball out over there in BC (British Columbia). I didn’t know how much success I was going to have but I believed in myself and I had a goal. Of course it was unconventional but like I said I had a goal and desire and once I came here I wasn’t disappointed. It really is the best thing. It is the best thing in the world. It’s the best opportunity.”

Defensive line coach Kacy Rogers left an impression on Martin the first time they met four years ago and that did not change this time around. He also came away from his meetings with Head Coach Joe Philbin, Ireland and the rest of the staff feeling good about playing here.

Martin is not concerned with where he lines up in defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle’s scheme because he considers himself to be position flexible. That is important for any player on Philbin’s roster and it’s quite clear that Martin is onboard with Philbin’s philosophy and the philosophy of the entire organization.

“Like I said, everyone’s on the same page and that’s the thing. That’s kind of like a consensus towards the organization,” he said. “Everyone wants to win. You can see it in their eyes and like I said I was flattered they identified me as a piece of that puzzle. So I really feel indebted now. All I have to do is come in here and work, which is good.”
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