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Brandon Marshall officially a Jet, praises Todd Bowles

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall warms up

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall warms up before an NFL game against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Chicago. Credit: AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

Brandon Marshall couldn't pass up the chance to be a Jet.

On the same day his trade from Chicago became official, the former Bears receiver told the Jets' website that he was eager to be a part of Todd Bowles' new offense.

"Being able to be in New York with coach Bowles, I thought, was an amazing opportunity and one that I thought I couldn't pass up," Marshall said.

According to ESPN, the Jets will send a fifth-round pick to the Bears in exchange for Marshall and a seventh-round pick.

"At this point in my career, I've still got 10 more years left in me," Marshall joked. "I'm just trying to get better at everything possible. I can still do everything, and I'm excited to do that. There's going to be more on my plate. Paired up with [Eric] Decker and [Jeremy] Kerley, I'm looking forward to working with those guys, and working in this offense with what [coordinator] Chan Gailey is asking us to do, it's going to give us more opportunities to make plays."

The 6-4, 230-pound Marshall should feel right at home with the new Jets staff. Both Bowles and receivers coach Karl Dorrell worked with Marshall in Miami during the 2010-11 seasons.

"I think it will be a great transition," Marshall said of reuniting with his former coaches. "Coach Bowles allows guys to be themselves. He treats everyone like men and like pros. That's what it's about right there. That's what I've seen work, is when guys feel comfortable coming to work and they're not micromanaged and there's someone there they can believe in, they can trust. He's an amazing leader."

Marshall, who will be 31 later this month, has 773 regular-season receptions for 9,771 yards and 65 touchdowns. He had 61 receptions for 721 yards during an injury-shortened 2014 season.

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