Jacob Martin gives Broncos edge-rushing depth following Bradley Chubb trade


The Broncos traded away one of the faces of the franchise, and are now hoping a local can help make up for his absence as a pass rusher.

Shortly after general manager George Paton sent Bradley Chubb to the Dolphins in a deadline deal last week that netted Denver a first-round draft pick, the Broncos immediately filled Chubb’s roster spot with outside linebacker Jacob Martin. The New York Jets traded the outside linebacker and a 2024 fifth-round pick for Denver’s 2024 fourth-round pick.

Martin called suiting up for his hometown team “surreal,” and believes he can immediately produce for the Broncos’ defense.

“I like to think of myself as a very rare style of player,” Martin said. “I’ve played in many different fronts in my career. I was a starter last year in Houston. The year before that, I rotated positions. And I‘ve taken a deep dive into the (Broncos) playbook — it’s pretty straightforward because the verbiage is pretty much the same as my time in Houston.”

Martin, who starred for Cherokee Trail from 2010-13, was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round in 2018. After appearing in all 16 games as a rookie, he was traded to Houston and spent three years there before signing with the Jets in March. Martin also has extensive experience on special teams over 69 career games (15 starts) with 15 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 72 total tackles.

The Aurora native slides into a new-look edge rushing unit following the departure of Chubb, who signed a five-year extension with the Dolphins after last week’s trade. While the Broncos wait on Randy Gregory to get healthy again (he hasn’t played since Week 4 due to a knee injury), Baron Browning and Nik Bonitto are penciled in as the starting outside linebackers. But there are questions about both.


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