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Jets Waive T.J. Barnes, Sign Ron Martin From Practice Squad

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The Jets needed a safety. To make room, they let giant nose tackle T.J. Barnes go.

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The New York Jets have promoted safety Ronald Martin from the practice squad and waived nose tackle T.J. Barnes.

With the Jets down to just Marcus Gilchrist and Rontez Miles as healthy bodies at safety, the Jets chose to cut Barnes, the only pure nose tackle on the roster other than starter Damon Harrison, in favor of Martin.

Ronald Martin has played in three games for the Jets this season, all on special teams. Those three games comprise his entire body of NFL work to date.

Martin initially signed with the Seattle Seahawks after going undrafted. The Jets claimed him off waivers just before the regular season began. Later in September, when the Jets claimed another Seattle safety, the now injured Dion Bailey, off waivers, they cut Martin and signed him to the practice squad.

Barnes was initially signed to the Jets' practice squad in 2013, when he was an undrafted rookie.He had played relatively few snaps behind Harrison at nose tackle.  Since Barnes is still in his last year of practice squad eligibility, it is possible the Jets will sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.