The Detroit Lions featured two homecoming stories during free agency. The acquisition of guard T.J. Lang got some of the highest praise around the league, but the signing of hometown wide receiver Keshawn Martin could turn out to be a steal as well.
The former Michigan State Spartan signed a one-year contract this past week with the Lions. Entering his sixth season in the NFL, there is a lot to prove for Martin and he could be in the perfect place to do it.
Through his first three years with the Houston Texans, Martin spent time as both kickoff and punt returner. He’ll be a lead candidate for the same roles with the Lions since former returner Andre Roberts signed a new contract with the Atlanta Falcons.
Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter loves to feature quick passes in space on offense. Martin’s speed could become a key piece in the Lions’ game-plan next season. There’s very limited help at wide receiver outside of Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr. and Martin should be able to take some pressure off the starters and help stretch the field as well.
Another benefit of acquiring Martin is the possibility of still adding more help to the position. The Lions didn’t break the bank for a big name free agent receiver leaving the option open come the draft. While Martin could become a versatile asset, he doesn’t command the attention of an elite receiver.
General manager Bob Quinn has been wise with his spending and could have a real bargain with Keshawn Martin. The Lions are now his fourth team and could utilize his speed and skill-set wisely.