Anyone who follows the New York Jets knows the team is supermodel thin at wide receiver.
Anyone who follows the Denver Broncos knows All-Pro wide receiver Brandon “The Beast” Marshall is unhappy…again…and pushing for a trade.
Marshall apparently would fill the Jets need for an elusive, physical receiver with big-play capabilities. And at 25, Marshall could still improve.
Nevertheless, the Jets should not go anywhere near him.
Comparisons between the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall and the narcissistic Terrell Owens are not only limited to the playing field. Both are among the chief reasons that wide receiver has become the NFL’s diva position.
Bringing in Marshall would be troubling because he has shown extreme ingratitude to a Broncos organization that stood behind him despite his well-documented, off-the-field problems.
Marshall, like Owens, appears to be the kind of player who manufactures his own discontent. Any team on which he plays is likely to have bad chemistry and a poisoned locker room.
Sanchez doesn’t need an egocentric receiver whining on the sideline (in full view of the media) because he wants more balls thrown his way. Nor does Sanchez need Marshall, or a Marshall-type, taking shots at him in the press and online.
Let Marshall use Twitter, the Web and local newspapers to trash some other poor quarterback, or offensive coordinator, or head coach, in 2009.
The Jets would be better off pursuing a free agent wide receiver, someone not as talented as Marshall but productive on the field and non-cancerous in the locker room.
Ashley Lelie has the speed to stretch defenses. His skills went to waste last year on a 49ers team that didn’t have a quarterback who could throw deep.
Lelie has been an effective deep threat for the Broncos and Falcons. He could help the Jets in that capacity if David Clowney is not able to do in real games what he has done in the preseason.
And why isn’t anyone giving Marvin Harrison a look? The erstwhile Colts receiver probably has one good year left. That’s all the Jets need.
Considering the great on-field chemistry Harrison had with Peyton Manning for many years in Indianapolis, Harrison could be instrumental in accelerating Sanchez’s learning curve by teaching the rookie how Manning prepares for game days.
Harrison or Lelie would be a better fit for the Jets than a diva like Marshall.