We recently wrote that, based on various rumors we’ve been hearing, we believe that the Broncos are talking to a small handful of teams regarding a trade for receiver Brandon Marshall.
According to Bob Glauber of Newsday, one of those teams is the New York Jets.
And it’s no surprise. G.M. Mike Tannenbaum surely realizes that he narrowly avoided getting the Mangini treatment in January, and Tannenbaum surely is smart enough to realize that another season of unfulfilled expectations could get him a lot closer to the chopping block (but yet not smart enough to avoid Marshall like a hot dog topped off with chili, onions, and swine flu).
With receiver Laveranues Coles gone and not yet replaced (unless Chansi Stuckey is the real deal), the Jets need someone who can help Tannenbaum’s prior 2009 big risk — rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez — look good by getting open and catching the ball.
So, yeah, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Jets make a move that other teams would likely avoid, given Marshall’s various warts and flaws and questions marks. From Tannenbaum’s perspective, Marshall needs to play hard and keep it together only for the coming season. The Jets can worry about whether Marshall will be a good long-term fit in 2010.
At a minimum, look for the Jets to do something, whether it’s a trade with the Eagles, a scan of the Saturday cut list, or, at a minimum, giving Amani Toomer a tire kicking.