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.
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.