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Detroit Lions rework punter Sam Martin’s contract, make 2020 voidable year

The pressure is now on the Lions’ punter to perform well this season.

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This is the time of year Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn likes to work out contract adjustments. Apparently it was time to revisit punter Sam Martin’s deal, as the Lions have reworked parts of the final two years of the deal signed back in 2016.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Martin salary for 2019 has dropped from $2.4 million to $1.7 million, and the Lions made the final year of his contract (2020) now voidable.

It’s unclear if this is just a straight pay cut for Martin or if he’s getting kicked back some guaranteed money. Either way, this is a clear sign of two things. First, Martin will obviously be the team’s punter in 2019, confirming what we all pretty much knew already. Secondly, however, this puts the pressure on Martin to perform well this year, as 2019 essentially becomes a contract year for Martin. Play well and he may get a brand-new contract next offseason. Underwhelm, and his future with the team is not guaranteed past December.

Martin has struggled to return to form after his 2016 season, in which he was Pro Bowl alternate.

We’ll update this post if any new information on Martin’s contract rolls in.