The New England Patriots have signed linebacker Eric Martin to the practice squad, the team announced Monday evening.
Martin first entered the league with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie in April of 2013. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Nebraska product was waived by New Orleans in August of 2013 and claimed by the Cleveland Browns, when current Patriots assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi was Browns general manager and vice president of player personnel.
Since then, the 23-year-old Martin has played in 29 regular-season games, recording one start and 14 tackles over his tenure with the Browns.
The second-year linebacker had played in 13 games for Cleveland this season before being released last week.
Martin is now one of three former Browns on New England’s current 10-man practice squad, along with offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann and wide receiver Jonathan Krause. Another former Brown, defensive end Cam Henderson, was released by the team on Saturday as wideout Josh Boyce was added to the active roster and cornerback Daxton Swanson was re-signed to the practice squad.
With two accrued NFL seasons, Martin fulfills the second of the Patriots’ two practice-squad roster exceptions.