The New York Jets officially announced the release of WR Brandon Marshall on Friday.
“Brandon’s commitment and passion for football is undeniable,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “His drive to support mental health awareness is beyond admirable. We appreciate his contributions to the organization and wish him the best.”
“I’ve known Brandon a long time and, more than the great player he is, I’m proud of the man that he’s become,” said head coach Todd Bowles. “His passion about mental health awareness speaks for itself and he was always willing to mentor our younger players. He cares deeply about the game and others and it shows in everything he does.”
“Brandon was an important addition in 2015,” said general manager Mike Maccagnan. “He strives to make the most out of every opportunity and brought an unrivaled commitment to his craft. I’m sure he will continue with that same mindset as he moves forward.”
Martin is told that the Jets are granting Marshall’s request to release him so he can find a better fit for himself on the open market.
Adam Schefter of ESPN, citing a source, reports that the Jets, in fact, offered Marshall an extension.
“Really appreciate Jets for giving him the opportunity and they did offer him an extension,” according to Schefter’s source.
Marshall, 32, 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.
Marshall’s time in Miami was limited to just two season before he was once again traded, this time to the Bears in return for two third-round picks. In total, Marshall spent three seasons with the Bears, but was traded for a third time to the Jets in March of 2015.
Marshall was in the final year of his contract and set to make a $7.5 million base salary for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Marshall will free up $7.5 million of available cap space while creating no dead money.
In 2016, Marshall appeared in 15 games for the Jets and recorded 59 receptions for 788 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Pro Football Focus rated Marshall as the No. 67 wide receiver out of 115 qualifying players.