The contract is believed to be a seven-year deal worth $46 million in addition to a $10 million signing bonus. It was an emotional day for Martin, who spoke eloquently about his difficult childhood, and how important a role his mother, who was seated in the front row, played in his development.
"She's my hero, she's my inspiration, she's everything to me," Martin said.
Seated next to Martin at the podium were Herm Edwards, Terry Bradway, Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum. Each offered their own kind sentiments.
"There is nobody on this team or any team I have more respect for than Curtis Martin," said Woody Johnson.
"This is what the National Football League is all about, about guys like Curtis Martin. Curtis Martin understands hard work," said Herm Edwards.
"I've maintained for awhile that I wanted to finish my career as a New York Jet," said Martin, "and I'm thrilled the Jets have allowed me the opportunity."
Martin, a sure fire hall of famer, needs just 733 yards to reach the 10,000 yard mark, a feat only 14 players in NFL history have accomplished.