The trade, which cannot become official until free agency opens Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, will also rely on Marshall passing a physical.
A nine-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowler, Marshall fought through nagging leg injuries most of last season and finished the year on the injured reserve due to fractured ribs and a punctured lung. He produced just 721 yards receiving. Prior to last season, Marshall racked up 1,000 yards receiving in seven consecutive seasons.
Well this was some splendid news to wake up to. Brandon Marshall, one of the best receivers in the NFL, is headed to gang green.
I love every part of this trade. How they were only able to trade a late round pick for Marshall is an outstanding move. Maccagnan is putting himself on the map and saying this isn’t going to be like the Idzik days. This is actually very reminiscent of the Santonio Holmes trade a few years ago when the Jets sent a 5th rounder to pittsburgh for Holmes, who was just coming off a Super Bowl MVP. Marshall’s character is a little bit questionable, but this is no longer the Rex Ryan regime. This isn’t an anything goes type situation. Todd Bowles is going to run a tight ship and Marshall will have to buy in.
This, of course, doesn’t solve the problem of who will be throwing the ball to Brandon Marshall, but it’s a step in the right direction. What it does signify is the end of the Percy Harvin era in New York. There’s no way they’re going to spend 20 million on those two guys, it’s just not reasonable. Now, you get a legitimate downfield threat in marshall, and an all around receiver like Decker to line up opposite each other. Put Kearly in the slot and that is actually a very good receiving core.
Now the question is where do the Jets go from here. Who will be the quarterback? Will it be Geno Smith? Will it be Marcus Mariota? Or will it be somebody else? The dream situation right now for Jets fans is the Jets trading down to 20 with the Eagles for Nick Foles, a 1st rounder this year, next year, and a 2nd rounder this year. Then they could draft Melvin Gordon, the beast running back from Wisconsin, to pair him with Ivory. After that, they could spend a 2nd round pick on an offensive lineman like D.J. Humphries or La’el Collins. Plus, with all the cap room that they have, they can sign two top-flight corners like Byron Maxwell and Antonio Cromartie.
There is no reason, if the Jets play this offseason right, that they can’t contend for a wild-card spot next year. This was a big time move to begin the Mike Maccagnan era, and I guess only time will tell whether this will end up as an all time great steal, or if it will go down in flames i.e. Santonio Holmes.