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Miami Dolphins Re-Sign TE David Martin

Apparently unhappy with the progress of some of their younger tight ends, the Miami Dolphins have re-signed veteran David Martin to a contract.

The move comes over three months after the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that both Martin and the Dolphins were "amenable to a reunion."

Now 31, Martin re-joins the Dolphins after nearly a full year away from the game. He was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury before the 2009 season began and eventually released from I.R. in December.

Originally joining the Dolphins on a three-year contract under Cam Cameron in 2007, Martin struggled as the starting tight end during his first season in Miami with just 34 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns.

However, the arrival of Tony Sparano and Anthony Fasano from the Cowboys in 2008 turned out to benefit Martin greatly, as he was extremely productive as the team's No. 2 tight end with 31 catches for 450 yards and three touchdowns.

Martin came up with some big catches for the Dolphins in 2008 and was surprisingly good at stretching the field, averaging 14.5 yards per reception.

If healthy, Martin instantly upgrades the Dolphins' tight end position and allows the team to get Anthony Fasano more work as a pass catcher after being asked to block often in 2009.

Martin's signing also means trouble for young reserve tight ends Joey Haynos, Kory Sperry, and John Nalbone.

Quite simply, if the Dolphins were confident in two of those three players as their backup tight ends, there would be no need to re-sign Martin at this point after he sat out all of last season.

In the end, it's quite possible that only one player of the aforementioned group will stay. The money has to be on Haynos at this point, as he has the most experience as the No. 2 tight end behind Fasano all of 2009.

Martin's addition drops Nalbone to fifth on the depth chart at tight end, further cementing his disappointing tenure in Miami after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 draft.

As always, check out the updated projected depth chart reflecting these latest transactions.


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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins Web site, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.
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