The New York Jets continue to wheel and deal as Week 4 of the preseason approaches. Their latest deal could put the team’s longest-tenured player, Tanner Purdum, on the chopping block.
The Jets continued pushing the revolving door at safety and shipped Ronald Martin to the Indianapolis Colts for long-snapper Thomas Hennessy. Martin has served as a depth player in New York the last two seasons and played in 11 games since 2015. But we’re burying the lede.
Hennessy is an undrafted rookie out of Duke and could serve as Purdum’s replacement. Purdum has spent seven seasons with the organization, but has struggled throughout training camp. If we know anything about Mike Maccagnan, it’s that he has no room for nostalgia. Maccagnan shoved left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson into retirement in 2016 and sent lifetime Jets David Harris and Nick Mangold packing this offseason.
Now, there’s no guarantee Purdum will be let go. But he certainly could be on the chopping block with Hennessy in town. New York’s special teams have been abysmal for many years, but long-snapper wasn’t one of the most glaring concerns.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and running back Bilal Powell would become the longest-tenured players on the team if Purdum is released. Both players are entering their seventh season with the team. After that, Sheldon Richardson and Brian Winters are the next-most tenured Jets with four years of experience wearing the green and white.
On Sunday, New York traded cornerback Dexter McDougle to the Philadelphia Eagles for safety Terrence Brooks. The Jets also announced the signing of safety Armagedon Draughn Monday. They released defensive lineman Devon Still in a corresponding move.