One of the New York Jets biggest offseason needs has seemingly been addressed, adding to the wide receiver position by trading for Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
The Bears recently placed 30-year-old Brandon Marshall on the trade block, searching to unload his salary in return for a mid-round pick. The Jets, searching for wide receiver help, pulled the trigger, agreeing to send a 5th round pick in this year’s draft to Chicago for the veteran wideout.
Marshall has bounced from the Denver Broncos to Miami Dolphins to Chicago Bears and now to the New York Jets. He compiled seven straight 1,000 yard receiving seasons, beginning in his sophomore season and ending last year. His 2014 campaign with the Bears was his worst since his rookie season, gaining 721 yards and 8 touchdowns on 61 touches in 13 games played.
With the Jets receiving core highlighted by Eric Decker and question marks surrounding Percy Harvin, Marshall brings good value to the Jets for a 5th round pick. Marshall is accustomed to being a number one receiver and will likely garner many targets in New York.
Marshall is entering his 10th NFL season, and may be past his prime, but he steps in to the Jets offense to instantly become their best receiving option. Production is something Marshall has consistently brought to his teams throughout his NFL career.
The cap hit for Marshall next year will be $7.7 million, one reason the Jets were a logical suitor for his services. The Jets were set to enter free agency with over $50 million in cap room, and can easily absorb this salary. Marshall is under contract for three seasons with the Jets.
The deal will become official at the start of the league year, March 10 at 4 PM EST and is pending a physical.