In a move that saves the team $7.5 million in cap space, the New York Jets released veteran Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall. The veteran receiver turns 33 before next season and is coming off one of his worst statistical years as a pro. His 59 receptions and three TDs in 2016 were the second lowest of his career (rookie year he caught just 20 passes). 

But was Marshall's decline in 2016 a reflection of a 10 year pro slowing down or just playing on a terrible Jets team? Afterall, Marshall was one of the league's best receivers just two years ago, catching 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 TDs.

The free agent pass catcher had nothing but nice things to say about his time with the Jets in his instagram post announcing he'd been released.

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I want to thank Mr. Woody Johnson, Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan and Brian Heimerdinger for bringing me in and embracing me. They are all truly incredible people. My teammates, such a great group of guys whom I will miss like #Crazy 💚 And to all the great people that make it easy for us players to do what we do best. Clay Thank You. Jackie Thank You. Montelle Thank You. Szott Thank You. Jarred, Eric, Bruce, Nick, Meghan, Jesse Thank You. Andrew, Vito, Jim, Gus Thank You. John, Dave, Ezron, Greg, thank you. D you know you can cook.... Thank You. Justus, Aaron, George, Kevan thanks MeatHeads 🏋🏿‍♀️. Juan and Reynaldo I've never seen a facility so clean... Thank You. The New York media -- Manish, Kimberly, Rich, Brian, and so many more on the Beat -- they weren't nearly as scary as everyone told me they would be. I think you guys are people after all 😂. I actually cherished the media-- so much so that I have even become a part of it. I want to especially thank the incredibly loyal Jets fans, who were always there for us with their never-ending support. I'm sorry......I'm sorry we couldn't bring you a championship, but I wish you and my former organization the very best in your pursuit for one in the future. I'm looking forward to finding a great organization where I can contribute and bring home a championship. I know I have a lot left to give, and @michi_marshall and I will truly miss the Jets, but we are excited for what lies ahead. #MindOverMatter

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As for the Baltimore Ravens signing Marshall...the move makes perfect senses. The minute Steve Smith retired, the Ravens admitted they would look for a possession receiver via Free Agency and Marshall fits that description perfectly. The Ravens have targeted productive, veteran, free agent wide receivers in the past (See Anquan Boldin and Steve Smith), so the move to add Marshall seems to fit right in their wheelhouse.