After spending the last few years with inadequate targets, it appears that the New York Jets have addressed their wide receiver depth in a major way with Friday’s trade for wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The five-time Pro Bowl selection was disgruntled with the Chicago Bears and was seeking to get away from the situation, leaving the Jets and their healthy cap space in a prime position to land the talented wide receiver.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets have acquired the former Bears star for a mid-level draft pick. The 30-year receiver is owed $7.5 million in 2015 and will be a $7.7 million hit against the salary cap for this upcoming season.
He becomes a free agent in 2018 and is owed $23.7 million over the next three seasons.
Last year, injuries limited Marshall to 13 games but he still caught 61 balls for 721 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2013 and 2013, he topped 100 receptions and had double-digit touchdown hauls in each season.
The addition of Marshall is an instant boost to the Jets’ passing offense, which ranked dead-last in the league last year. He will provide some sizzle and playmaking ability to a receiving corps that now includes Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, all three of which are now on long-term deals with the Jets.