Recognizing that several notable free agents have shown interest in joining the Jets comes with the territory of acquiring a player of Aaron Rodgers’ caliber. So far in free agency, New York has been able to sign players like Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, and Al Woods while also gauging the interest of players like Ezekiel Elliot, Calais Cambell, and Odell Beckham Jr.
Just a little over a week ago, we saw another example of how Aaron Rodgers’ presence can change the appeal of this team. A commenter asked former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall during his podcast if he would consider taking an opportunity to play for the Jets. Without hesitation, Marshall responded with one word, “Yes.”
The six-time Pro Bowler then began to explain how he could contribute to the Jets organization if he were given the chance:
“Here’s why I’ll be ready if I get the call to come back as a New York Jet at tight end. It’s because we’re gonna win the Super Bowl and I’m gonna help participate. I’m gonna be able to contribute at a high level, and this is what I’m gonna give you: 45 catches throughout the year, 20-30 plays a game and I’m gonna give you eight touchdowns.” Brandon Marshall via Paper Route Podcast
How Realistic Is A Brandon Marshall Return To The Jets?
Brandon Marshall turned 39 years old in March and has not played in the NFL since appearing in seven games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2018. Marshall even said on his podcast, “How the hell did I do that…it’s hard for me to even watch at times,” when asked how he thought he would handle getting hit again.
It would be exciting to see Marshall return to football, especially since he had one of the best years of his career while playing for the Jets in 2015, catching 109 passes for 1,502 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns.
Although it would be fun to see, this is not a realistic move that the Jets would consider making. New York has spent the last two seasons overhauling their tight end room by acquiring Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah during free agency in 2022 and by selecting a tight end in the draft the past two years.
God forbid there were to be any injuries toward the Jets’ current tight ends; then maybe we will see New York respond to Marshall’s interest in wanting to team up with Aaron Rodgers. But, unfortunately, that is the only case in which I see Brandon Marshall even having a chance to play for the Jets in 2023.
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