Talk about negotiating on a deadline. Vaughn Martin had already boarded a flight from South Florida to Seattle, site of the next visit on his free agency tour, when his phone buzzed.
It was his agent. Get off the plane, he said. The Dolphins made an acceptable offer.
Soon thereafter, Martin signed a two-year deal with Miami, adding depth to an already stout defensive front.
“I’m a defensive lineman,” Martin said, when asked about his role on the team. “You have to be interchangeable. My goal is to help the team win. This is exciting.”
Formerly a 3-4 defensive end in the San Diego Chargers’ system, Martin is a Jamaican-born Canadian who played collegiate ball at the University of Western Ontario.
Martin, 26, started 12 games last year, recording 19 tackles and a sack. It was the second signing in as many days by the Dolphins, who added offensive guard Lance Louis on Wednesday.
Martin is expected to compete for playing time on a defensive front that returns every starter — Cameron Wake, Jared Odrick, Randy Starks and Paul Soliai — from last season. He could take the place of Tony McDaniel as the first defensive lineman off the bench. McDaniel, a free agent, agreed to a deal with the Seahawks on Thursday. Olivier Vernon will also be in the mix for Miami.
“We are excited that Vaughn is a member of the Dolphins,” general manager Jeff Ireland said in a statement. “He is an athletic player that we feel will make a positive impact and bring depth to the defensive side of the ball.”
Martin, who trains in the offseason with Dolphins center Mike Pouncey in Delray Beach, said he also had discussions with the Patriots, Chargers, Chiefs, Lions, Saints and Eagles.
• The Dolphins’ offseason workout program will begin April 15, the NFL announced Thursday. They will hold Organized Team Activities May 21-23, May 29-31 and June 3-6, and the team’s mandatory minicamp will be June 11-13.