Brandon Marshall headed to the Big Apple
After three seasons, 279 receptions, over 3,500 yards, and 41 touchdowns, Brandon Marshall’s career as a Chicago Bear is over. The outspoken receiver was traded to the bright lights of New York City, to join a Jets franchise that is going through quite a facelift. A new coach and general manger will certainly bring a lot of new faces into the organization, and for a team desperate for play-makers, Marshall to the Jets makes sense.
The biggest question first year general manager Mike Maccagnan will have to answer is; who will be throwing footballs to his new acquisition? Geno Smith was drafted by the old regime, and has under-performed in his two years in the NFL, but may win the job by default. The only other quarterback on the roster currently is Matt Simms, who is clearly not the answer Jets fans are looking for.
Free agency is lacking big names, as the quarterback class is headlined by Jake Locker, and Mr. Butt-fumble, Mark Sanchez. Marcus Mariota might be available when the Jets draft sixth overall, but rumors of Chip Kelley and the Eagles willing to mortgage loads of draft picks will be hard to turn down for a team that has so many needs.
Whoever suits up at quarterback for the gang green, will have a veteran receiver who has proven his worth in the league. Yes, Marshall can be a head case at times, but who cares if he’s catching 100 balls and scoring 10 touchdown’s a year. Certainly not Jets fans. While Marshall is not getting any younger (30 years old), this was a solid trade for New York, and Chicago, who was able to free themselves from Marshall’s contract ($25+ million remaining for three years).
Expect more moves from the Jets this off-season as they try to make the postseason for the first time since the 2009-10 season.