With a deadline looming to determine the draft pick compensation the New York Jets owe the Seattle Seahawks as part of their trade for Percy Harvin, the Jets traded a 5th round pick in this year’s draft to acquire Brandon Marshall from Chicago.
With the acquisition of Marshall, the Jets will almost certainly release Harvin. Doing so prior to March 19th lowers the draft pick compensation owed to Seattle from a 4th round pick to a 6th round pick in this year’s draft.
In New York, the 30-year old Marshall (turning 31 on March 23rd) will be paired in the starting line up with Eric Decker, giving the team its most formidable pair of starting wide receivers in several years, as the team attempts to surround either Geno Smith or a veteran free agent acquisition with talent at the team’s skill positions. The Jets will assume the remaining three years and $23.7-million of Marshall’s contract, none of which is guaranteed.
The talented yet mercurial Marshall will be joining his fourth team in ten years after previous stints in Denver, Miami and Chicago. During his nine-year career, he has topped 1,000 yards seven times and appeared in five Pro Bowls.
After topping 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in seven consecutive seasons, Marshal suffered through a subpar campaign in 2014 as leg and rib injuries, as well as a punctured lung, caused him to miss three games. He finished the season with 61 receptions for 721 yards and eight touchdowns, his worst production since his rookie season in 2006, wearing out his welcome in Chicago along the way.
The team’s new management felt it was addition by subtraction in deciding to move Marshall to the New York Jets for just a 5th round pick.
In Chicago, Marshall won’t have Jay Cutler force-feeding him the ball and it certainly won’t be a surprise if the Jets issues at quarterback lead to another season with fewer than 1,000 receiving yards. In just one season, Marshall moves from being a potential top 10 fantasy wide receiver to no better than an upper-tier WR3 entering 2015.