Brandon Marshall has no interest in being traded away by the Jets, the veteran receiver told reporters, including Connor Hughes of NJ.com, after New York’s victory over the Browns yesterday. “No…it’s not even a question,” said Marshall when asked if the club has discussed a potential trade with him. “I would be disappointed if that were to happen and that came up.”
“I love the ownership,” Marshall said. “I’m about to say the opposite of what Ryan Fitzpatrick said. I love my coaches. I love my teammates. To be honest, I like [the media], which is tough. I really do. I want to finish what we started here. We’re not out of it. We’re going to continue to fight, rally the troops, and get this team on the right track.”
No reports have indicated that the Jets are in fact discussing Marshall in trade talks, but given that the club has received calls on other players — such as defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson — it would make sense that the veteran receiver could be moved. Marshall is correct in saying that New York isn’t completely out of the playoff picture, but the Jets would have to rebound just to have a shot at a wild card berth. As such, an expensive, aging pass-catcher might not fit on a roster that could be on the cusp of a rebuild.
Marshall, 32, has continued to post excellent production in his 11th NFL season, as he’s put up 34 receptions for 540 yards, though he’s not scoring at the same rate that he has in past seasons (just two touchdowns thus far). Any team that acquired Marshall would be responsible for the remaining portion of his 2016 $9.5MM base salary, and then would essentially have an option for the 2017 campaign. Marshall is under contract for $7.5MM next season, but a club wouldn’t incur any dead money by releasing him.
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