Former Packers LB Blake Martinez retiring from the NFL

Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Blake Martinez, a draft pick of the team in 2016, is retiring from the National Football League.

Martinez, 28, announced the decision on his official Instagram page on Thursday.

From Martinez: “I’m announcing my retirement from the game of football! I had an amazing journey with some incredible franchises, and made lifelong friendships. I have chosen to step away from this career at this time to focus on my family and future passions! I am excited for this new journey and appreciate all the fans and organizations that have supported me throughout the years!”

The Packers drafted Martinez in the fourth round (131st overall) in the 2016 draft. He went on to lead the team in tackles during three of his four seasons (2017-2019) with the franchise, including a league-high 144 tackles in 2017.

While in Green Bay, Martinez produced 512 tackles, 10.0 sacks, 29 tackles for losses, 12 quarterback hits, three interceptions, 17 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over 61 games and 57 starts.

After leaving the Packers, Martinez went on to play two seasons in New York with the Giants and four games with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2022.

Overall, Martinez was on the field for 4,800 defensive snaps and 422 special teams snaps.

Story originally appeared on Packers Wire