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.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2022
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.
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.