St. Louis Rams work out free agent S Sherrod Martin
According to multiple reports, free agent Sherrod Martin visited the St. Louis Rams on Monday. Sherrod Johnson also visited the Kansas City Chiefs in the Missouri region earlier this offseason. He is currently coming off a season-ending injury, which potentially scared off several suitors this offseason, but the veteran could be a low-risk pickup for the St. Louis Rams.
Sherrod Martin was a two-year starter at Carolina before he lost his starting job last season. Although Sherrod Martin played at cornerback during his collegiate career at Troy, the Carolina Panthers felt he could be a better fit at safety. While coverage is clearly Sherrod Martin’s specialty, the fifth-year pro has shown signs of struggle against the run which likely contributed to him losing the starting job. However, Sherrod Martin played in 12 games last season, until he ended on the injured reserve with a torn ACL and MCL in December.
Sherrod had his best season in 2011, amassing 68 tackles, 8 passes defended, and 3 interceptions in a traditional free safety role in the Carolina Panthers’ secondary.
Over the past four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, Sherrod Martin started 36 of 59 career games. In his first career start with the Carolina Panthers, Sherrod Martin intercepted two passes against the Arizona Cardinals.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Sherrod Martin combined 99 career tackles, 20 pass deflections, seven interceptions and one forced fumble in his career to this date.
Before being selected in the second-round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers, Sherrod Martin had 292 career tackles, nine forced fumbles, nine interceptions, four sacks and three fumble recoveries during his collegiate career, and was named an All-Sun Belt Conference selection at Troy.
Although the St. Louis Rams have a crowded secondary and Sherrod Martin could face some heavy competition for snaps. At safety the group features a lot of young players and it still remains to be seen what safety role the St. Louis Rams fit T.J. McDonald in at.
But a veteran presence could add some experience at the safety at the very least. However, Sherrod Martin will still have to prove that he’s healthy coming off from last year’s injury, and will have to impress coaches during training camp, otherwise he will still has a long way to make the roster.