The NY Jets were fairly active in free agency a year ago, making a number of moves to help get the team over the hump prior to the 2022 season. Some of those moves worked out.
The D.J. Reed signing was the crown jewel of the Jets' 2022 free-agent class, but players such as Tyler Conklin and Greg Zuerlein also proved to be worthwhile pickups. Not every signing turned out to be a productive one, however.
A few of the Jets' external additions in the 2022 offseason fell short of expectations in their first season with the team.
For the sake of this list, we're only considering players who were signed, not re-signed. That means the likes of Braxton Berrios and others will not make an appearance on this list.
Let's take a look at three free-agent signings from the 2022 offseason the Jets wish they could undo.
3. Jacob Martin, DE
We start with a player who didn't even make it through the entire season with Gang Green. The Jets signed Jacob Martin to a three-year, $16.5 million contract in March of 2022 with the hope that he could provide pass rush depth.
Martin quickly became a victim of the numbers game in a deep Jets defensive end rotation, and it didn't help that he failed to make the most of his snaps. The former sixth-round pick tallied 1.5 sacks in eight games before he was shipped to Denver at the trade deadline.
The package the Jets received in return was a mere swap of 2024 Day 3 picks. They essentially gave him away for nothing to free up more snaps for others on the roster. The worst part about it is that the Jets are still paying for Martin's contract.
Martin counts over $2.3 million against the salary cap in 2023 — a not-insignificant amount for a team pressed for cap space. There's no way around it; the Jacob Martin signing was a failure.