After a solid yet unspectacular season in 2016, six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall was released by the New York Jets earlier this week. Though it is never fun to be cut, Marshall took the high road and exited gracefully with the following message for Jets leadership.
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
Now, though, it is time to look ahead for Marshall and a very intriguing suitor has potentially emerged to land his services. That suitor is the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Marshall caught 59 passes for 788 yards and three touchdowns last season. While that might not seem overly impressive, it comes with the caveat of an unsettled (to be kind) quarterback situation in New York and pairing Marshall with Tom Brady could be a dynamite conversation.
In fact, ESPN’s Mike Reiss shed some light on how that fit might come together.
If Marshall is truly motivated to play for a winning franchise, and the chance to catch passes from quarterback Tom Brady, perhaps he would be this year’s Chris Long — a player who signs a one-year deal with a modest value. If those are the dynamics in play, it could make it more enticing for the Patriots to consider it, as the wide receiver corps returns Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell in the top three spots. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall would add a different dynamic based on his bigger physical makeup.
It remains to be seen just how interested both parties are at this juncture, but it makes a ton of football sense to think that Marshall and the Patriots would be a good marriage. Time will tell but it’s an intriguing thought if nothing else.