Brandon Marshall is leaving on a Jet plane, and he doesn't know when he'll be back again. At least according to multiple reports Thursday night.
Source: #Jets intend to release WR Brandon Marshall— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) March 3, 2017
And now the Jets are releasing WR Brandon Marshall, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2017
Last season, the 32-year-old veteran suffered his worst season since his rookie campaign in 2006, catching 59 passes for 788 yards and three touchdowns -- all career-lows (or career-tying, as is the case with the TDs) for Marshall in a season as a full-time starter. He apparently was offered an extension, according to one of ESPN reporter Adam Schefter's sources who is close to Marshall.
One source close to Brandon Marshall texted: "Really appreciate Jets for giving him the opportunity and they did offer him an extension."— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2017
I'm told #Jets are granting Brandon Marshall's wish for his release so he can find a better fit— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) March 3, 2017
New York will save a nice chunk of change by letting Marshall go.
#Jets save $7.5M by releasing Brandon Marshall... he'll count $1.875M against the cap in dead money— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) March 3, 2017
The Jets are in rebuilding mode, despite an above-average 10-win season just two years ago in which they narrowly missed the playoffs. The team currently is without a franchise quarterback, however, and recently struggled through a horrific season from veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, an ACL tear to backup Geno Smith, and uninspiring play from youngster Bryce Petty.
While a veteran receiver like Marshall would be a terrific target for any young QB New York decides to draft and/or play, New York also has a slew of talented young wide outs in Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall and Devin Smith that will benefit from more playing time and development.