The San Diego Chargers want to keep impending free agent defensive tackle Vaughn Martin, but it isn’t going to be as easy to keep the 6’4″, 308 pound DT as once thought. Per Jason La Canfora, the Western Ontario product has also received interest from the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and Detroit Lions.
The 26-year-old is primarily a run-stopper, and he would help beef up the interior of the defensive line for the Lions, Saints, and Eagles. Vaughn had a couple of good games this past season, but I view him as a well below-average player and somebody who doesn’t really fit the New England Patriots.
At this point in time, the Pats are clearly looking for more of a pass rushing presence, especially at defensive tackle. That’s why they signed Armond Armstead early in the offseason from the CFL, and that’s also why they are linked to guys like Sylvester Williams of UNC in 2013 NFL Draft talk. The Patriots already have an excellent run-stopping duo in Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love, but what they need is more of an interior rush.
Vaughn is like a poor man’s Kyle Love, because he offers nothing as a pass rusher and is also worse than Love in run defense. He would be a nice value signing for the other teams interested in him and would also be a great fit to stay in San Diego, but I don’t think Vaughn fits the Patriots. Although Vaughn is a DE, he is a three-tech and plays in the Chargers 3-4 as a DE, so he would almost certainly be a DT in the Pats 4-3 scheme- he would be a poor fit as a DE and the Pats already have enough depth there.
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