The New York Jets continued their housecleaning tonight by releasing wide receiver Brandon Marshall after 2 years with the team. Similar to the release of Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis, this was a logical move that we have been discussing for a long time. The Jets have a young group of receivers ready to develop without the presence of Marshall. If you are wondering what is next, check out our latest 12 pack. A few thoughts on the Marshall release…
Brandon Marshall had one of the best, if not the best, season for a Jets receiver in 2015. However, he ultimately sunk with Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2016 after a very aggressive, public campaign to bring him back to the team and to continued support of him after his early season struggles. Marshall was involved in a locker room altercation early in the season with Sheldon Richardson and his continued over the top praise of Fitzpatrick appeared to rub some the wrong way in the locker room.
On the field, his production suffered regardless of who the quarterback was: Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty or Geno Smith. Quincy Enunwa was more productive and efficient than him. Robby Anderson was more efficient and more of a big play threat than him. Both of those guys are under 25 years old. Marshall will be 33 years old with one year left on his deal in 2017. It is simple math. The Jets young pups are not going to develop if Marshall is taking 130 targets on a rebuilding team next season.
Marshall can still play and should quickly find work but he is definitely on the decline at this stage of his career and it is logical for him to try to find a role on a contender. As for the Jets, do not be surprised if Eric Decker is back on a restructured contract but ultimately the Jets are betting on the long term talent of Enuwza, Anderson, Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake and Devin Smith.
This was the right move and it continues to appear the Jets are properly auditing their current situation.
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