Last summer the Jets were trying to acquire Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall but Denver's demands were too high. The asking price was at least linebacker David Harris and maybe even a first round draft pick.
Marshall remained in Denver and caught over a hundred passes for the third year in a row, and now as a restricted free agent he looks destined to leave Denver.
Teams don't want to surrender a first round draft pick for the disgruntled receiver because of the baggage he would bring, and because they have leverage over the Broncos whose relationship with Marshall is now rockier than ever.
When the restricted free agent signing period comes to a close on April 15, the Broncos will still likely be stuck with Marshall and in order to ship him out of town they'll need to lower the price.
The New York Post reported they are no longer demanding a first round pick. The Jets can't let this opportunity pass them by.
Marshall is extremely talented and very productive. He has had more than a hundred receptions in each of his last three seasons, and is emerging as one of the best receivers in the league.
Under the circumstances, with a new coach and quarterback, and the issues he had with the team makes his Pro Bowl year even more outstanding.
Marshall has size and speed that makes him a nightmare for opponents. He had a league record 21 receptions in Week 14 against the Colts.
Adding an elite receiver like Marshall to the Jets would give them an elite passing game. A dynamic weapon like Marshall lining up opposite Braylon Edwards with Jerricho Cotchery in the slot would a long way in the development of Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez knows it too, and maybe that was the reason he gave Marshall a call at his birthday party in Las Vegas.
Expect trade talk to heat up after April 15 when the Jets officially know Braylon Edwards will be on board for at least another season should no one sign him to an offer sheet, and in the build up to the draft where the Broncos will likely trade Marshall.
Marshall has off the field issues but the Jets should give him some serious thought. The only way they can improve is by getting to the Super Bowl and they are just a few players away. Marshall is one of them.