“Physically I feel like I can play well into my mid-30s, so obviously no plans on retiring, no plans on switching teams,” Marshall said. “Would love to stay here and retire as a Jet. So I’ve just got to continue to focus on what I can control. Lead where I can, on and off the field.”
Marshall, 33 in March, carries a $7.5MM cap hit next season. That’s a lot of coin, particularly when considering the way his numbers have dropped this year. Right now, he’s on pact for roughly 70 catches and 975 yards. Last year, he had 109 grabs for 1,502 yards. Also, despite what Marshall says, it’s fair to wonder whether he’d want to be a part of a rebuilding team at this stage of his career. When asked if he’d be alright with returning to a rebuilding club, he didn’t give a clear answer.
Here’s more on Gang Green:
- Rich Cimini of ESPN.com seems skeptical as to whether the Jets would look to retain Marshall. If the Jets commit themselves to a youth movement powered by Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Charone Peake, and Jalin Marshall, then the veteran is almost definitely a goner. For what it’s worth, Marshall says he feels like a “proud uncle” in his mentor role. The Jets may see value in that, but it might require a pay cut to make it all work.
- The Jets worked out wide receivers Griff Whalen and Darius Jennings, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (on Twitter).
- Yesterday, coach Todd Bowles announced that the Jets will continue with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback. Fans hoping to see what Bryce Petty can do in a larger sample size did not react favorably to the news.