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Martin started 27 games for the Chargers the last two seasons and amassed 66 tackles and two sacks. His strength is playing the run and at 6-foot-4, 308 pounds he’s a better fit for defensive tackle in Miami’s 4-3 scheme.
Martin said defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers, who is viewed in NFL circles as one of the league’s best, was one of the main reasons he signed a two-year deal with the Dolphins.
“Everyone wants to win. You can see it in their eyes and I was flattered they see me as a piece of their puzzle,” said Martin, who said he had offers from the Patriots, Eagles, Chargers, Chiefs and Seattle.
After a 2-14 season in 2011, the Colts went 11-5 and made the playoffs. After a 2-14 2012 season, the Chiefs have the weapons to do the same.
They have shored up the secondary by bringing in cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith. They have also given Smith some targets in the passing game by acquiring tight end Anthony Fasano and wide receiver Donnie Avery.
A wild card this coming season could be wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin.
Baldwin excelled in college at the University of Pittsburgh, making 128 catches for 2,337 yards and 16 touchdowns before entering the NFL draft after his junior season.
Those numbers helped convince the Chiefs to select him with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
“Andy’s a pass-first guy and he’s all about mental toughness, decision-making, getting the ball out quickly, executing the plan,” Dilfer said. “He’s wanted to expand what he does at the line of scrimmage, and Alex gives you great versatility at the line of scrimmage. He’s as good as anyone in the league at seeing things before the snap and digesting the information and getting his offense into the right mode, whatever that might be.
“Alex is very efficient in the shorter and intermediate passing game, and that’s kind of what Andy’s offense lives by — but he also has the ability to push the ball down the field.”