Jets traded Jacob Martin to add flexibility according to GM Joe Douglas

Hours before Tuesday’s trading deadline, the Jets made a trade.

But it didn’t involve Elijah Moore or Denzel Mims.

Gang Green traded defensive end Jacob Martin and a 2024 fifth-round draft pick to the Broncos in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick. Martin signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract last offseason with six million guaranteed.

Last week, the Jets did make a move as they traded a conditional sixth-round pick to the Jaguars for running back James Robinson. They needed to add a running back after Breece Hall tore his ACL against the Broncos.

Martin’s trade will provide the Jets with some cap room this year and the team will save five million dollars, according to Spotrac. The move also relieves a bit of a log jam on the Jets defensive line.

In eight games this season, Martin has eight tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Rookie Jermaine Johnson has missed the last three weeks due to an ankle injury. But he will likely return this weekend in time for the game against the Bills. With Bryce Huff receiving more playing time, Martin became expendable as the Broncos needed depth on their defensive line after a trade they made earlier in the day.

“Tough to say goodbye to Jacob because he came in here and did everything the right way,” Jets general manager Joe Douglas said. “Ultimately, felt it was good value for us with the depth that we have in the DL room.

“It was an opportunity to add some flexibility moving forward with a higher draft pick and get some of these guys a few more reps.”

Moore and Mims both requested trades at different times throughout the season. Moore’s request came two weeks ago after he was sent home following a reported verbal disagreement with Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. But the Jets said on multiple occasions that they had zero plans to trade the receiver.

He was later made inactive for the Jets game against the Broncos on Oct. 23. While Moore played last Sunday in the 22-17 loss to the Patriots, he only participated in 10 snaps. He also said he wasn’t sure about his chemistry with starting quarterback Zach Wilson because he doesn’t get the ball.

“We love Elijah,” Douglas said. “We all stood on the table to take him high in the second round last year and we think the world of him.

“Obviously, we are a football family. Anytime there’s an issue, we like to handle that in-house. I was able to have a good one-on-one conversation with Elijah and we think the world of him.

“We think he has a bright future as a New York Jet.”

While they didn’t provide their fans with much excitement before Tuesday’s trade deadline, two of the Jets rivals certainly made moves to improve their roster.

The Broncos traded edge rusher Bradley Chubb and a 2025 fifth-round pick to the Dolphins in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round pick and running back Chase Edmonds. The Dolphins also added 49ers running back Jeff Wilson for a fifth-round selection.

The Jets also watched the Bills make a significant trade as they acquired Colts running back Nyheim Hines for running back Zack Moss and a conditional sixth-round pick.

At 5-3, the Jets would currently be in the playoffs if it started today. This is a change from previous seasons when the team was already out of the postseason race at the start of November.

The Jets have a huge game Sunday against the Bills (6-1), who have the best record in the AFC. Then after its bye week, Gang Green will play at New England, who just defeated them 22-17 last Sunday.

Douglas is enjoying the Jets success, but he says their job is far from complete.

“In a perfect world, we are 8-0,” Douglas said. “We have a lot to work on.

“Obviously, 5-3 is better than 3-5, but we haven’t accomplished any of our goals. We have a big division game this week at home and we know the crowd is going to be wild and crazy like it was last week.

“We know the task at hand and that’s the focus.”