"I think the way they value the inside linebacker position especially in that defense, it wasn’t as valued as other places I guess in my opinion. Overall, it was one of the things where they offered me, and we were just in different wavelengths on where I valued myself and where they valued it. At the end of the day, it was one of the decisions that had to be made on both sides. It's a business and right now I am extremely happy where I am and can't wait to start playing for the Giants and finally get into the facility."
The 26-year-old also disclosed what made New York so appealing to him in free agency:
The Giants hired Patrick Graham as their new defensive coordinator in January. He previously coached Martinez as the Packers' linebackers/running coordinator in 2018.
Green Bay used a fourth-round pick on Martinez in the 2016 NFL draft.
Martinez started every regular-season game in each of the last three seasons for the Packers. The Stanford product led the league with 144 tackles in 2017, and he recorded a career-high 155 tackles last season.
Martinez led Green Bay in total tackles in 2017, '18 and '19. Overall, he has three sacks, three picks, two passes defended, one forced fumble and 512 tackles (331 solo) across 61 games (57 starts).
Despite those numbers, he criticized the way he was utilized in Green Bay's defense: