Thomas Hennessy

Jets To Extend LS Thomas Hennessy

Although 2017 draft choices are not yet eligible for extensions, 2017 UDFAs are. The Jets took advantage of this by coming to terms with their long snapper.

Thomas Hennessy agreed to a four-year, $4.4MM extension, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The deal will guarantee Gang Green’s third-year snapper $1.15MM — $625K in the form of a signing bonus — and tie him to the Jets through the 2023 season.

The Colts initially signed Hennessy as a UDFA two years ago but traded him to the Jets before the start of the 2017 season. He’s played in each of the Jets’ 35 games since. While there are no traditional stats to illustrate the 25-year-old specialist’s skill, the fact that his name does not come up often is probably a good sign.

Hennessy will move from a rookie contract to the going veteran snapper rate, becoming the 18th deep snapper to fall between the $1MM-$1.3MM salary range.

Jets, Colts Complete Trade

The Colts have traded long snapper Thomas Hennessy to the Jets in exchange for safety Ronald Martin. Both teams confirmed the deal via press release on Monday morning.

The Jets’ acquisition of Martin is a sign that they are not pleased with long snapper Tanner Purdum. Purdum, the longest-tenured player on the Jets’ roster, has a $400K guarantee on his contract but he has looked off throughout the summer. It seems possible that Purdum will be handed a pink slip between now and the 53-man deadline on Saturday.

Martin has appeared in eleven career games for the Jets over the last two years and also spent time on the practice squad. Martin first broke into the league undrafted free agent with the Seahawks in 2015. Collegiately, Martin played in 37 games at LSU and tallied 149 tackles, 20 passes defensed, five interceptions, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.

Hennessy, an undrafted free agent out of Duke, suited up for 52 games while with the Blue Devils. He played his high school football at New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep.

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Colts Sign 18 Undrafted Players

The Colts announced the signing of 18 undrafted players, bringing their roster to the 90-man max. Here’s the full list:

Sanchez has experience in both kicking and punting. Last year at Hawaii, he averaged 44.6 yards per punt and nailed all 13 of his field goal tries. According to Stephen Holder of the Indy Star (on Twitter), Sanchez received a $12K bonus, which is rather high for a kicker.

Griffey is the son of baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. The wide receiver had 23 catches for 382 yards and two scores in his final season at Arizona.

Walker is Temple’s all-time leader in completions, passing yards, and touchdowns. In 2016, he threw for 3,295 yards with 22 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. His yardage and TD totals marked a career high.

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