Jets Move Safety Ronald Martin to the Colts for Long Snapper Thomas Hennessy

The Jets on Monday traded safety Ronald Martin (a roster bubble guy) to the Colts in exchange for long snapper Thomas Hennessy, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Could this signal the end of long snapper Tanner Purdum’s Jets career? Or perhaps the Jets just want to keep Purdum healthy, and sit him during Thursday’s preseason finale against the Eagles. It’s more likely, though, that Hennessy is some last-minute competition for Purdum.

Purdum, 33, has been with the Jets since 2010. He is their longest-tenured player, having spent seven seasons with the organization. But this team is in get-younger, rebuild mode.

Hennessy signed with the Colts as an undrafted rookie out of Duke this year. He was Ross Martin’s long snapper at Duke from 2013-15. Martin is now competing with Chandler Catanzaro for the Jets’ kicking job. Martin has never kicked in an NFL regular season game, but he has given Catanzaro a run for his money in training camp and preseason games this year.


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