The 2017 NFL season is over for former Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall underwent season ending surgery on his injured ankle today. He finishes his first season with the New York Giants having amassed 18 receptions, 154 yards, zero touchdowns and zero wins.
Marshall was released by the Jets after the 2016 season, at Marshall’s request. At the time Marshall expressed the desire to play with a team that could win. As he told Boomer Esiason on the Boomer and Carton show:
I just knew I couldn't be in that environment. I think everyone knows the type of personality I am at this point in my career. I wouldn't have made it through an entire season knowing that we didn't have a chance. That's all you want as a player. You just want a chance.
Ironically it is the Jets team he bailed on that has a winning record for the 2017 season. Marshall will be 34 years old in the 2018 season, coming off surgery, and three years removed from his last effective NFL season. He will count for $6.5 million against the Giants’ salary cap in 2018. Given these circumstances the chances are good that Marshall will be an ex-Giant by the start of the 2018 season.
Marshall left the Jets because he felt there was no chance to win here. It is still far from certain that this Jets team will have much success the rest of the way. However, whether the Jets make the playoffs or don’t win another game this year, one thing is certain: Marshall has no chance to win more games in a Giants uniform in 2017 than he would have had he remained a Jet. Unfortunately for Marshall, he’ll have to make it through an entire season knowing that.