Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall was released by the New York Jets late Thursday Night, just 14 months removed from a Pro-Bowl season where he caught 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Marshall, who will be 33 on March 23, saw his numbers drop in 2016, with just 59 receptions for 788 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The 11-year veteran said on Instagram that he was “sorry” for not delivering a Super Bowl title to the Jets fans.
I want to thank Mr. Woody Johnson, Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan and Brian Heimerdinger for bringing me in and embracing me. They are all truly incredible people. My teammates, such a great group of guys whom I will miss like #Crazy ? And to all the great people that make it easy for us players to do what we do best. Clay Thank You. Jackie Thank You. Montelle Thank You. Szott Thank You. Jarred, Eric, Bruce, Nick, Meghan, Jesse Thank You. Andrew, Vito, Jim, Gus Thank You. John, Dave, Ezron, Greg, thank you. D you know you can cook…. Thank You. Justus, Aaron, George, Kevan thanks MeatHeads ??♀️. Juan and Reynaldo I've never seen a facility so clean… Thank You. The New York media — Manish, Kimberly, Rich, Brian, and so many more on the Beat — they weren't nearly as scary as everyone told me they would be. I think you guys are people after all ?. I actually cherished the media– so much so that I have even become a part of it. I want to especially thank the incredibly loyal Jets fans, who were always there for us with their never-ending support. I'm sorry……I'm sorry we couldn't bring you a championship, but I wish you and my former organization the very best in your pursuit for one in the future. I'm looking forward to finding a great organization where I can contribute and bring home a championship. I know I have a lot left to give, and @michi_marshall and I will truly miss the Jets, but we are excited for what lies ahead. #MindOverMatter
Marshall is an out-spoken Christian who has shared his faith on many platforms including this conversation with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless back in 2012.
Marshall told ESPN in 2014 that his trust in Jesus has shown him the importance of being a servant. “I’m a believer in Christ. That’s my Lord and savior, and when you read the Bible, one of the biggest things that jumps out to me is his ability to serve others. So I always tell guys, if you want to be Muslim, be Muslim. You know, I have my beliefs. I’m not forcing that on you. But if you say you’re a Christian, then it’s either you’re all-in or you’re all-out. One of the teachings is being a servant, and you can’t be a selfish servant. I don’t think those two relate. It’s a contradiction.”
Now a free-agent, NFL fans will follow closely where Brandon Marshall ends up signing to play next season as he looks to continue his playing career.
(Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison)