April 27, 2006

Saints Ink Backup QB Jamie Martin

Journeyman saw his most extensive playing time in the 13th year of his career 

The Saints have inked well-traveled career backup QB Jamie Martin to a two-year deal, bringing some competition to the depth chart.

The fourth QB now on the roster, Martin joins injured Drew Brees, set to be the starter if healthy, backup Todd Bouman who struggled in three starts last season, and raw prospect Adrian McPherson, a 2005 fifth round draft pick.

Martin, 36, 6'2, 205, is originally out of Weber State. He started his career with the Los Angeles Rams in 1993, but didn't attempt a pass for three years until 1996, when he saw limited action. He collected his first start in 1998 with his third team, the Jaguars, before hopping to the Browns, Jaguars again, Rams again, Jets, and Rams again in 2004.

Before 2005 Martin had started three games in 12 seasons, appearing in 26. His role as a perennial but reliable backup is rare in the NFL, but Martin has joined the Saints to do just that: provide insurance and depth. Martin started five games in 2005 for the Rams, winning four including his start against the Saints in October. Martin was 18 of 29 on the day for no touchdowns or interceptions, but nevertheless led the team to victory in place of former Saint draft pick Marc Bulger, who was injured through parts of the season.

Martin through for 354 yards, 1 TD and 2 interceptions, and completed over 80% of his passes in the Rams' Christmas Eve loss to San Francisco.

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