Brandon Marshall Rumored to Be Pursued by Jets; TMZ Can't Confirm

Sayre BedingerSenior Writer ISeptember 2, 2009

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 21:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos heads to the line of scrimmage the New Orleans Saints during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 21, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Saints 34-32.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

And the rumor clock keeps on ticking.

Three days ago, I suggested Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall should be traded to the 49ers for Michael Crabtree and Alex Smith.

Not possible.

Yesterday, I speculated based on a rumor that the Broncos could engage in a three-team trade that would send Marshall to the Cardinals, Anquan Boldin to the Chiefs, and Matt Leinart to the Broncos.

Not happening.

This morning, I will speculate on yet another Marshall trade rumor, one that seems to have at least a little bit of life to it.

According to Pro Football Talk through Bob Glauber of Newsday, the New York Jets are contemplating a trade that would send wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Big Apple.

There is no doubt the Jets are in dire need of a premier wide receiver, but a similar report from the Denver Post thinks this is all just hoopla. 

Per the report from Jeff Legwold's Denver Broncos blog, the Jets are unwilling to part with a first-round pick, and Legwold thinks the Broncos should stand firm in their asking price of two draft choices, a first-rounder and a fourth-rounder.

My question to the Jets would be this: "Why would you even pick up the phone if you are not willing to part with what the Broncos want?"

The Broncos are in no place where they have to trade Brandon Marshall. Has he been a nuisance? Sure, but the Broncos technically can hold on to his rights for the next three years. If another team wants him, they are going to have to pay top dollar.

So, if the Jets want Marshall bad enough, they will shell out the draft picks, or there likely will be no deal, and the Broncos will move on and try to win football games with their disgruntled receiver.

It is as simple as that.