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February 10, 2016

Alouettes sign national defensive tackle Vaughn Martin

Montreal – The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has signed national defensive tackle Vaughn Martin to a two-year deal.

Martin (6’4″, 300 lbs.) has spent the last seven seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the fourth round (113th overall) by the San Diego Chargers in 2009. In 51 career-games in the NFL, the 29-year-old amassed 79 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks, while forcing a fumble. Martin played four seasons with the Chargers before joining the Miami Dolphins in 2013. He then spent some time with the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs.

“This has been a long and calculated process to finally get Vaughn to Montreal. Talks have gone on over the last couple of years, up to Vaughn making a visit to Montreal and taking a medical,” declared Alouettes General Manager and Head Coach. “Vaughn has a chance to come in and offer us a force inside, partnered with Alan-Michael Cash, that could cause teams a lot of problems. We obviously are excited about the possibilities and welcome him to the Alouettes.”

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Born in Negril, Jamaica, Martin was drafted in the fifth round (39th overall) by the Alouettes in the 2011 CFL Canadian Draft. Growing up in Ontario, Martin played CIS football with the Western Ontario University Mustangs. In 12 games during his last season with the Mustnags in 2008, he collected 36 tackles including 3.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for losses while returning an interception for a touchdown, forcing a fumble and recovering two. Prior to his university career, he helped team Canada win the 2006 NFL World Global championship in Detroit with a 5-0 record. He was named to the All-tournament team.