The New York Jets reportedly further bolstered their wide receiver corps Friday in a blockbuster trade.
The Chicago Bears agreed to trade receiver Brandon Marshall to the Jets, pending a physical, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Bears will receive a fifth-round draft pick from the Jets in return for the All-Pro receiver, a source told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
Marshall is added to an already impressive receiver group that features Percy Harvin, Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley. Harvin, who carries a $10.5 million cap hit, could be released before free agency begins on March 10. If he’s cut, then the Patriots could show interest in the versatile playmaker.
Marshall will be 31 by the time next season begins and had 61 catches for 721 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games last season with the Bears. He had 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013.
The Jets have just Geno Smith and Matt Simms on their roster at quarterback. Brian Hoyer, Jake Locker and Matt Moore are among the best QBs available on the open market. The Jets also could be in good position to draft Oregon signal-caller Marcus Mariota.
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