The Bills on Wednesday afternoon announced that Ruvell Martin has been re-signed to the team. Martin, who will turn 30 this August, was a late-training camp addition last season, made the final roster, then was subsequently cut and re-signed. He appeared in 13 games last year, catching seven passes for 82 yards in very limited playing time.
If Martin is going to make the team next year, he's going to do it as a special teams ace. A solid coverage player, particularly against punts, BuffaloBills.com notes that Martin finished second on the team in special teams tackles in 2011. His 6'4", 220-pound frame is a huge asset in that role.
It certainly doesn't hurt to have a veteran like Martin on the team moving into the off-season, particularly with a specific role in mind for him. With Martin now under contract, the Bills are back up to eight receivers on the active roster. More work will be done at this position.