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Posted on Wed, May 16, 2012 : 9:13 p.m.

Ex-Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin signs with Tennessee Titans

By Nick Baumgardner

Mike Martin's professional career got underway last week, and now, he's about to collect his first official paycheck.

Martin, a former Michigan football defensive tackle, reached an agreement on an NFL contract with the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday, according to a release on the team's official website. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Titans selected Martin in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 82nd overall.


Mike Martin

The 82nd pick in the 2011 draft, San Diego Charger wide receiver Vincent Brown, received a four-year contract and is scheduled to make $465,000 this season.

Martin becomes the second Titans draft choice to sign a deal. The team signed fourth-round pick Coty Sensabaugh earlier this week.

A tri-captain on Michigan's Sugar Bowl championship team a year ago, Martin tallied 64 tackles and six sacks in 2011. He finished his Wolverine career with 172 tackles and 10 sacks.

With Martin signed, all three Michigan draft choices have now inked NFL contracts. Both David Molk (Chargers) and Junior Hemingway (Chiefs) have also agreed to deals with their respective clubs.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.


Scott Laux

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 6:56 a.m.

If he's smart he'll be living in a studio apartment and eating Ketchup like Molk. But the odds are 78% that he'll be bankrupt within two years of retiring from the NFL. I think that has more to do with the rash of suicides than concussions. no one wants to address the issue that these guys sell their bodies to the NFL for a few short years of bling and high living. Bless you Mike and take care of yourself.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 12:50 p.m.

So easy to see as an adult now, but gosh... live on 70 Gs a year (still a great living for a single guy) and put the rest in the BANK!


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 2:01 a.m.

I think the league minimum is $375k for rookies so if you have drinks with Martin he should be paying.


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 3:10 a.m.

I think it's actually $390k for a rookie this year. Hopefully, he got even more and saves as much as he can (after buying that round of drinks, of course).