Patriots sign DB Martin, RB Huggins

After veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery retired and fullback Tony Fiammetta was placed on the exempt/left squad list, the Patriots moved quickly to fill the two spots on their 90-man roster by signing defensive back Derrick Martin and running back Kareem Huggins.

Martin, 27, is a veteran of six NFL seasons with Baltimore (2006-08), Green Bay (2009-10) and the New York Giants (2011). He entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick (208th overall) of Baltimore out of Wyoming in the 2006 NFL draft.

Martin (5-10, 198) was traded by Baltimore to Green Bay on Sept. 5, 2009 for guard Tony Moll. He was cut by Green Bay on March 2, 2011 and signed with the Giants on Aug. 13, 2011.

Martin has played in 61 NFL games with four starts and has registered 30 total tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defensed. Last season with the Giants, he played in 14 games and all four postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVI against the Patriots.

Huggins, 26, is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-10). After originally joining the Buccaneers as a rookie free agent in 2009 out of Hofstra, the 5-foot-9, 198-pounder spent some time on the practice squad before joining the 53-man roster. He has played in six NFL games and has carried the ball four times for 11 yards. Huggins was out of football in 2011 after a serious right knee injury.