The Jets are set to release Brandon Marshall on a request made by Marshall himself.
It is reported that the New York Jets offered the 32-year old Wide receiver a contract extension, but Marshall declined the offer, stating he wants to play for a championship team and the Jets are a long way away from that.
Marshall, is a former fourth-round pick by the Broncos in the 2009 NFL Draft. After four years in Denver, he was traded to the Dolphins in 2010, where he spent only 2 seasons before being traded to the Chicago Bears, in return for two third-round picks.
After 3 seasons with the Bears Marshall was on the move again, when in 2015 he was traded to the Jets. The 2015 season, was Marshall’s best year statistically, teaming up with Ryan Fitzpatrick, recording 109 receptions for 1502 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
Marshall’s 2016 season, was a step backwards, due to bad quarterback play by Ryan Fitzpatrick, Marshall was only able to record 59 receptions for 788 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The 2017 season was set to be the final year of his contract and set to make a $7.5 million base salary for the 2017 season.
Releasing Marshall will free up $7.5 million of available cap space while creating no dead money.
Now, a pending free agent, Marshall is expected to be in well demand, with the Patriots believed to be showing the most interest in the 6× Pro Bowl (2008, 2009, 2011–2013, 2015)
The Patriots believe Marshall would be the perfect fit for Tom Brady and help defend their world championship title defense in 2017.