CLEVELAND — Brandon Marshall wants to finish what he started.
With the NFL’s trade deadline looming, the veteran receiver made it clear on Sunday that he wants to remain a Jet for the foreseeable future.
“I would be disappointed if I was traded,” said Marshall, who, like Sheldon Richardson, has heard his name mentioned in trade rumors in advance of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. “I love it here. I want to finish what we started here with coach Todd Bowles.”
The choice, however, is not up to him.
While Bowles remains focused on turning around their season and making an improbable playoff push, the front office is trying to rebuild for the future. And in order to do that, the Jets need draft picks and more talented players.
Marshall was a big reason for the Jets’ success in 2015. He caught 14 of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s franchise-record 31 touchdown passes and had 1,502 receiving yards on 109 catches.
But this season has been anything but “FitzMagical.”
The Jets (3-5) are sputtering behind an up-and-down Fitzpatrick and a lack of consistency at any position, including receiver. Marshall has 34 receptions for 540 yards and two touchdowns in eight games. He’ll also be 33 in March.
“I would be disappointed if that were to happen and that came up,” Marshall said when asked if he’s had any conversations with general manager Mike Maccagnan about a possible trade.
“I love the ownership. I’m about to say the opposite of what Ryan Fitzpatrick said,” he added with a laugh. “I love my coaches. I love my teammates. To be honest, I like [the media], which is tough. I really do.
“I want to finish what we started here. We’re not out of it.”