Is Brandon Marshall Worth The Risk?
Today Newsday Reports:
The Jets are seriously exploring the possibility of trading for Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall, according to a league source familiar with the Jets’ situation.
Marshall, who was suspended Friday by the Broncos for conduct detrimental to the team, is one of the most talented but troubled receivers in the game. He has expressed a desire for a new contract through much of the offseason and preseason and also has asked to be traded.
Although coach Rex Ryan repeatedly has said he is satisfied with his receivers, the Jets have taken a look at acquiring an established receiver. Jerricho Cotchery is the Jets’ only proven veteran receiver.
Much has been made about Brandon Marshall’s off-the-field issues, and with good reason. He has proven to be a questionable character that has mad a lot of poor decisions. His most recent troubles raised eyebrows and even earned him a vacation suspension from the league. There’s no question that he carries a lot of baggage. So, should the Jets pull the trigger if it’s possible?
If you look at the Jets’ roster, the most glaring weakness is clearly the wide-receiver corp. When Jericho Cotchery and Chansi Stuckey are your top two receivers, there is reason for concern. This issue is compounded by the fact that the team has a rookie-quarterback starting under center this season. Mark Sanchez needs to be equipped with as many weapons as possible to maximize chances for success. Who better than a proven deep-ball threat with good hands and good route-running ability?
His childish actions could actually benefit the Jets if a trade does happen. Marshall, who desperately wants to be traded, may be talented, but he doesn’t seem very bright. His actions that earned him a suspension a few days ago certainly made him less than attractive to teams that may have been considering him. Who wants to trade away their 1st round pick, in addition to other players and/or cash considerations, for a player with that kind of character? The Broncos are simply going to have to lower their asking price if they are to successfully move him off their roster. So now we have a pro-bowl wide-receiver who could possibly be had for a second-round pick? Where do I sign?
And regarding his character, it’s definitely a gamble. There’s precedent, though. Remember that WR that played for the lowly Oakland Raiders? It was an unhappy marriage from the get-go. He had a hard-time adjusting and never really clicked in that losing situation. Well, after being traded to the New England Cheaters Patriots, he doesn’t seem to be doing too bad, does he?
Many times, all players like Brandon Marshall and Randy Moss need is a change of scenery. It’s something Marshall’s been begging for and I find it hard to believe he will act like this with a new team. He wants to get paid. Put him on a new team, and I’m willing to bet he plays his heart out in an effort to wow his new home for long-term, guaranteed money.
I could be wrong. Who knows? Who cares? Some risks are worth taking. The Jets need to give the team the best chance to win. If it’s a deal that makes sense, I hope they pull the trigger.