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Giants agree to terms with LB Blake Martinez

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants have agreed to contract terms with free agent linebacker Blake Martinez, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

The agreement, contingent on Martinez passing his physical, cannot be made official until free agency begins at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.

The 6-2, 237-pounder was one of the NFL's most productive middle linebackers in his four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He led the team in tackles in each of the last three years, when he started every one of the Packers' 50 regular-season and postseason games.

In 2019, he helped lead Green Bay to an NFC best-tying 13-3 record and a berth in the conference championship game while finishing second in the league with 155 tackles (97 solo), including 3.0 sacks and five tackles for loss. Martinez had double-digit tackle totals in eight games, including a season-high 16 (eight solo) vs. Oakland on Oct. 20. He also had one interception, one forced fumble and two passes defensed.

Martinez has played in 61 regular-season games with 57 starts and in five postseason games with three starts. Martinez's career totals include 522 tackles - almost nine a game – including 353 unassisted stops, 10.0 sacks and 29 tackles for loss, plus three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. In the playoffs, he has 24 tackles (17 solo).

His career-high tackle total is 17, at Pittsburgh on Nov. 26, 2017 and he had a career-best 13 solo stops vs. New Orleans on Oct. 2, 2017.

Martinez was a fourth-round draft choice (131st pick overall) out of Stanford by the Packers in 2016. He helped lead the Cardinal to three Pac-12 titles and a bowl berth in each of his four seasons while playing in 51 games, including starts in each of his final 27 contests. Martinez finished his collegiate career with 257 tackles (137 solo), 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and five forced fumbles.

Martinez is a native of Tucson, Ariz.

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