A busy day for the New England Patriots continues. After the team released linebacker L.J. Fort and traded offensive lineman Jordan Devey for San Francisco 49ers tight end Asante Cleveland, the team apparently has made another transaction.
According to his agent Brett Tessler, the Patriots have claimed offensive tackle/guard Chris Martin off
Just got word that the New England Patriots claimed Chris Martin off waivers... 2nd year OT/G was released by the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) August 18, 2015
The 25-year old former Central Florida Knight was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans following the 2014 NFL Draft. After getting released by the Texans, he signed with the Patriots for the first time but was unable to survive roster cuts. He was however signed to the team's practice squad but was released in October.
After another stint with the Texans and one with the 49ers, Martin was signed by the Miami Dolphins this July. The team released him this weekend and the Patriots put a waiver claim on him. They were the only team to try to claim Martin and thus were awarded the second-year player.
With Jordan Devey in San Francisco, the 6'5" Martin, who has experience at both tackle and guard, will give the team a versatile depth option along the offensive line with knowledge of the Patriots' system. His chances of grabbing a spot on the team's 53-man roster are slim, though, and his best chance to stick around is another year on the team's practice squad.
UPDATE: The Patriots have made the Devey-Cleveland deal official, while also announcing the release of linebacker Fort (as we already knew) and tight end Logan Stokes (which we didn't know until now). The team's press release states the following about Stokes:
Stokes, 22, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Aug. 10, 2015. He originally signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent from Louisiana State on June 11, 2015, before being released on June 18, 2015. [...]
With the moves, the Patriots now have 89 players on their roster.