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Jets Exercise Team Options on Steve McLendon and Josh Martin

NFL: New York Jets at Oakland Raiders Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Today it was reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that the Jets have exercised team options on both DT Steve McLendon and LB Josh Martin.

According to Spotrac (McLendon details here, Martin details here), McLendon, 32, will carry a cap hit of $4.3M this year. Martin, 26, will carry a cap hit of $2.1M.

I think both are solid moves. While neither projects as a longterm core piece, you need to fill your roster with reliable role players, and both McLendon and Martin have proven they can do serviceable jobs in their respective roles at the prices the Jets are set to pay.

I think McLendon is a highly underrated player who is not just a strong run stuffer up the middle, but has the ability to win in a variety of ways on any down. Pro Football Focus had him as their 29th-best interior defensive lineman. I placed him 9th on my season-ending Jets Top 10, while the fans voted him 13th. He posted a career high 46 tackles this year.

Martin is no Von Miller on the edge, but showed the ability to produce as a weakside edge defender, racking up a solid number of tackles for loss in the run game (7 resulting in -1 yards or less). He is also a reliable special teams player. His 21 tackles on punts and kickoffs over the last two seasons is tied for 4th most in the league.


Do you approve of the Jets’ decision to bring back McLendon and Martin?

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  • 87%
    Agree with both
    (797 votes)
  • 6%
    Yes to McLendon, No to Martin
    (56 votes)
  • 3%
    Yes to Martin, No to McLendon
    (36 votes)
  • 2%
    Disagree with both
    (21 votes)
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