Jets Fans Who Covet Marshall: Be Careful What You Wish For

Cecil HarrisCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2009

HONOLULU, HI - FEBRUARY 08: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall #15 of the AFC All-Stars Denver Broncos tries to catch an end zone pass broken up by cornerback Al Harris #31 of the the NFC All-Stars Green Bay Packers in the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on February 8, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The NFC defeated the AFC 30-21. (Photo by Paul Spinelli/Getty Images)

That the Denver Broncos appear ready to cut the cord on belligerent wide receiver Brandon Marshall is not necessarily good news for the receiver-hungry New York Jets.


The Broncos today suspended the All-Pro for the rest of the preseason because of “conduct detrimental to the team.”


According to many observers in Broncos camp, Marshall consistently gave less than a full effort on the practice field while continuing to whine about wanting to renegotiate his contract.


Despite the tried-and-true business axiom of “Buy low, sell high,” the Jets should not make a deal for Marshall.


Although it appears that Denver’s rookie head coach Josh McDaniels will be as unsuccessful dealing with Marshall as he was with former star quarterback Jay Cutler, that does not mean Jets rookie head coach Rex Ryan would fair any better with the toxic wide receiver.


If anything, Marshall would be more of a head case as a Jet…in “The Big Apple,” the media capital of the world, playing under the brightest lights in the biggest city.


If Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum believes a change in scenery is all Marshall needs to be an All-Pro on the field and a Boy Scout off the field, then he is naïve.


Marshall is a bad actor and a team-killer whether he’s working in the Mile High City or just across the Hudson River from Broadway, whether he’s in Broncos blue and orange or Jets green and white.


A player who demonstrates an utter lack of self-control off the field, as Marshall has during his stint in Denver, won’t change just because he changes uniforms.


A player who tries to put himself above his team in one city will do the same in another city.


That’s who he is. That’s what he does.


Was Terrell Owens really any different in Philadelphia than he was in San Francisco? Was he any better in Dallas than in Philly or San Fran?—No and no.


The same is true of Marshall, a “T.O”-wannabe.


The Jets should resist the temptation to try to rehabilitate him.