The New York Jets are releasing veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall at his request, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday according to a source informed of the decision.
The news comes just days after the team notified both cornerback Darrelle Revis and offensive lineman Nick Mangold of their impending release. All transactions will become official once the new league year begins on March 9.
The Bears dealt Marshall via trade to the Jets in 2015. In his first season with the team, he recorded franchise-record-setting numbers in receptions (109) and receiving yards (1,503) and matched the team’s all-time mark in receiving touchdowns. In 2016 — and his second season with the club — Marshall totaled 788 yards receiving and three touchdowns.
The 32-year-old wideout, who will be 33 later this month, was scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2017. And as Rapoport noted, with Marshall’s departure, the Jets will save over $7 million dollars on the salary cap and will have not any dead money.
Entering his 12th season in the league, Marshall will ideally be looking to join a potential Super Bowl contender once his release becomes official, Rapoport added. He has yet to play in a postseason tilt despite stints with four different clubs — Denver, Miami, Chicago and New York.