Jets release former Pro Bowl wideout Brandon Marshall
The New York Jets, who continue to cut ties with their aging players, released veteran wideout Brandon Marshall on Friday.
Marshall thanked the organization and apologized to Jets fans for failing to win a championship.
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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
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Marshall spent the past two years with the Jets, catching a career-high 14 touchdowns in 2015. But his production dipped dramatically last season, as he finished with 788 receiving yards – a little more than half of his 2015 total – and only three TDs. He’s never made the playoffs in his 11-year career.
The 32-year-old wideout is the latest 30-or-older former Pro Bowl player to be let go by the Jets, following Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady and Nick Folk. Marshall, who was named to his sixth Pro Bowl in 2015, requested the release, according to New York Newsday, so he can find a better fit. A source told ESPN that the Jets did offer Marshall an extension.
Marshall should still draw interest in the open market. The move saves the Jets $7.5 million in cap space.