The New York Jets made a pair of roster transactions Monday, claiming safety Dion Bailey off the waiver wire and waiving safety Ronald Martin. The news of the transactions was confirmed by the Jets on their official Twitter account. (Tweet)
Bailey, 23, was originally signed by the Seattle Seahawks last year as an undrafted free agent. During his three-year collegiate career at USC, Bailey recorded 223 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, four sacks and intercepted eight passes in 38 career games. Bailey spent the majority of 2014 on the Seahawks practice squad, and made the team's roster this year entering the regular season. He was waived when All-Pro safety Kam Chancellor ended his holdout and was activated to Seattle's roster last week.
In two games this season, Bailey recorded four tackles.
Coming out of college, NFL.com praised the 6-0, 201-pound California native for his natural hands and ability to intercept the football. Scouts said Bailey regularly made an impact on the field, even as a redshirt freshman when he was playing for USC as an undersized linebacker. The biggest concern regarding Bailey was his "durability" and the fact he had "pedestrian speed." Scouts questioned if he could cover receivers in the slot.
In a corresponding move, the Jets waived another former Seahawk, Ronald Martin, whom the Jets claimed off the waiver wire on Sept. 6.