The Jets are seriously exploring the possibility of trading for Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall, according to a league source familiar with the Jets' situation.
Marshall, who was suspended Friday by the Broncos for conduct detrimental to the team, is one of the most talented but troubled receivers in the game. He has expressed a desire for a new contract through much of the offseason and preseason and also has asked to be traded.
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Although coach Rex Ryan repeatedly has said he is satisfied with his receivers, the Jets have taken a look at acquiring an established receiver. Jerricho Cotchery is the Jets' only proven veteran receiver.
It is believed the Broncos would want a first-round draft pick in any deal for Marshall, but it is unlikely the Jets would pay that high a price.
Marshall had 104 catches for 1,265 yards and six touchdowns last season. In 2007, he had 102 catches for 1,325 yards and seven TDs.
The Broncos have indicated that they have no plans to trade Marshall, 25, who was suspended for the team's final two preseason games after a series of run-ins with the team. During pre-practice warm-ups last Wednesday, Marshall walked while the rest of the team ran. He then punted a ball away from a ball boy instead of handing it to him. And he swatted down a pass thrown to him. His actions were caught on video and broadcast by a local television station.
"We tried to handle this situation with Brandon as privately and professionally as we could throughout the entire process with he and his agent, Kennard McGuire," Denver coach Josh McDaniels said on Friday. "This morning, we made the decision as an organization to go ahead and suspend Brandon and that suspension will last through Sept. 5."
If Marshall is traded, he almost certainly would be given a new contract. He is due to make $2.2 million this season.