NEW YORK (AP) – Brandon Marshall is on the move again – and the New York Jets’ roster purge of big-name players with big salaries continues.
The Jets are releasing the well-traveled wide receiver and clearing $7.5 million on the salary cap, a person with direct knowledge of the team’s decision told The Associated Press on Thursday night.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the move, which was expected to come Friday.
Marshall is the latest star to be cut by the Jets, who have also parted ways with Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold, Nick Folk and Breno Giacomini this offseason. New York has cleared nearly $46 million in cap space during the last few weeks.
Newsday first reported the move by the Jets. The newspaper also reported that Marshall asked for his release – and was granted his request – after weighing his options, including New York being interested in having the receiver return next season.
Marshall has never been to the playoffs in his 11 NFL seasons and could opt to hook on with another team that he considers a possible postseason contender.
Marshall, who turns 33 on March 23, played two seasons for the Jets, and set franchise records with 109 catches and 1,502 yards receiving in 2015 while being voted the team’s MVP by his teammates.
His production dropped dramatically last season, though, as he had just 59 receptions for 788 yards and three TDs while dealing with a few injuries and inconsistent quarterback play.
Marshall has also previously played for Denver, Miami and Chicago, which traded him to New York in 2015.