Jacob Martin, New York Jets, Contract
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New York Jets add free agent edge rusher Jacob Martin

Oh, Joe Douglas. Get some sleep, would you?

The New York Jets are back to work bright and early on Wednesday morning. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets have agreed to terms on a three-year, $13.5 million contract with free-agent Houston Texans defensive end Jacob Martin. The deal includes $6 million guaranteed.

Martin, who turns 27 this December, figures to slide in as a situational pass rusher for the Jets. He has played 68.6% of his career defensive snaps against the pass.

The 6-foot-2, 242-pound edge rusher has a reputation as an efficient pass rusher. Across four professional seasons, he’s got 13.5 sacks and 24 quarterback hits over a fairly modest total of 1,520 career snaps (only 15 starts in 61 career games).

For his career, Martin has created pressure 106 times on 943 pass-rush snaps. That’s a pressure rate of 11.2%, which is above the 2021 league average for edge rushers.

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Martin was solely used as a situational pass rusher over his first three seasons before being promoted to a full-time starter in 2021. He became less efficient on a per-play basis, generating a pressure rate of 9.7%. Martin was more efficient in the limited role that he played over his first three seasons, producing an excellent pressure rate of 12.3% (equal to John Franklin-Myers’ 2021 rate, which ranked 20th out of 90 edge rushers).

That’s good news for the Jets, who figure to use Martin in the role they intended to use Vinny Curry in last season.

A product of Temple, Martin was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 186th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL draft.

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Peter Buell
Peter Buell
6 months ago

I’ll tell you one thing. JD cannot be accused of sitting on his hands this free agency period.
With 9 picks coming up in the draft, if Joe can do 80% of what he did last draft I’ll be thrilled.
I still think we need this year and next to get to playoff level football on a consistent basis so I want Hamilton 1st and Garrett Wilson, Trey Burks or Olave to be the deep threat.
Maybe Joe can find a hidden gem at edge at 35.

JetOrange
JetOrange
6 months ago

Bryce Huff clone , but possibly better. Maybe drafting only one Edge instead of two

Jimjets
Jimjets
6 months ago
Reply to  JetOrange

I keep forgetting about Huff! Imagine if he comes back healthy, and so does Lawson, AND we get say Jermaine Johnson in the draft? If so I doubt the jerks in New England will be laughing at us this year. Or anywhere else in the league for that matter.

JetOrange
JetOrange
6 months ago
Reply to  Jimjets

Competition and draft flexibility that allows the Jets to take the best player.

Jimjets
Jimjets
6 months ago
Reply to  JetOrange

Right. As a 4-13 team were nowhere near BPA yet. The needs are clear and if JD doesn’t take an edge at 4 and either a receiver or someone like Jordan Davis or maybe Hamilton or Sauce at 10 I’ll flip my proverbial wig. Maybe someday we can realistically be looking at BPA, but not now, not with all the holes and lack of depth we have.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
6 months ago
Reply to  Jimjets

Jim, I think we are looking at 2023 to be a real contender that can go deep. I do beleivenin Wilson and would love if 4 and 10 were Kyle Hamilton and a deep threat in Garrett Wilson, Trey Burks or Olave so Zack can use that arm.
Might be a good EDGE guy at either DE or OLB at 35.
I look at this offseason plus some experience and another free agency and draft to put up up there to go deep in the playoffs.

Jimjets
Jimjets
6 months ago

Wow. JD is on the job! Don’t know much about this player but sounds like a solid role player in a position of need. I still hope we can somehow grab a vet WR – maybe Cordarelle Patterson ? – and maybe the IDL guy Ionnadis that Washington released on team friendly deals. I mean we’re crushing FA and with these two more pieces we go into the draft with literally all options available. I still think it’s edge at 4 and WR or IDL at 10 but he can get really creative after that. One trade down and we can add 11 players totally this year and plug every hole. And maybe have the luxury of grabbing a back like the kid from BYU a bit earlier than initially thought. Think it’s time we start recognizing JD is a really good GM.