A lot of NFL teams have been making final roster cuts for the 53-man roster and have also been signing other players to the practice squad in the time being. They are also picking up players off of waivers though. The most recent surprising roster cut was New York Giants linebacker Blake Martinez.
It appeared as if he was going to be starting for them in Week 1, but it is clear and obvious that general manager Joe Schoen is moving in a completely different direction with this franchise. The NFL odds for the 2022 New York Giants are really low for them to win the NFC East and Super Bowl LVII. Who are some of the teams that Blake Martinez could potentially sign with after being cut by the New York Giants though?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devin White and LaVonte David are the middle linebackers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but everyone wants to get a chance to play with quarterback Tom Brady. Blake Martinez on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would give them even more depth at the inside linebacker position for head coach Todd Bowles.
Martinez is a nice depth piece to have on your roster, and he had a season-ending injury last season with the New York Giants, and that is probably one of the reasons why he was cut. A fresh start somewhere else to win a Super Bowl title would help. The NFL lines has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as one of the betting favorites to win it all this season in Super Bowl LVII.
T.J. Edwards and rookie Nakobe Dean will be the main middle linebackers for the Philadelphia Eagles this season in a rotation. Blake Martinez would be a good fit inside their locker room because he would provide veteran leadership. Philadelphia appears to be in win-now mode on Vegas NFL odds under head coach Nick Sirianni.
The Eagles have improved on defense this season and they are going to be a very dangerous football team in the NFC East. Rookie Jordan Davis on the defensive line out of Georgia, a first-round pick is going to be a problem. Also, James Bradberry IV, who was released by the New York Giants earlier this offseason, Blake Martinez should follow.
Los Angeles Rams
Bobby Wagner and Ernest Jones are the starting inside linebackers for the Los Angeles Rams. Blake Martinez would be a good fit for the Los Angeles Rams because they don’t mind taking on older players. He didn’t fit the New York Giants’ older players mode anymore because general manager Joe Schoen wants to play younger players like Tae Crowder, Cam Brown, and Carter Coughlin.
Under head coach Sean McVay, he knows how to treat the older veteran players on his roster. He dealt with left tackle Andrew Whitworth for a very long time on the offensive line and just retired over the age of 40.
Elandon Roberts and Jerome Baker will be the starting inside linebackers for head coach Mike McDaniel. Blake Martinez would upgrade this linebacking core for Miami in a hurry. The Miami Dolphins are looking to be a playoff team this season and compete with the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East.
Buffalo is familiar with New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll, because he was their offense coordinator last season. As for the Miami Dolphins potentially getting Blake Martinez, it would be a good fit for them because he would be cheap. Martinez is guaranteed $1.25 million this season from the New York Giants and save up $200,000 in cap space.
Alex Anzalone, rookie Malcolm Rodriguez (sixth-round pick out of Oklahoma State), and Derrick Barnes will be some of the middle linebackers this season for the Detroit Lions under head coach Dan Campbell. The linebacker room was shown a lot during Hard Knocks.
Kelvin Sheppard is the linebackers coach and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn was around a lot. Blake Martinez would help this Detroit Lions football team inside their locker room that is trying to understand what it takes to get to winning football again.