The New York Jets traded a fifth-round draft pick to the Chicago Bears in order to obtain 31-year-old wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Already showing faith in its investment, NFL Media’s Albert Breer is reporting that the team restructured Marshall’s contract to give him a bit of a raise.
Marshall, who was slated to earn $7.5 million in 2015, will now receive $9 million guaranteed. The new deal also calls for Marshall to be paid $9.5 million in 2016 and $7.5 million in 2017. The overall value of the deal is $26 million over three years. He was previously slated to play under a three-year, $24.3 million deal.
This is a pretty sweet raise considering Marshall has yet to play a game with his new team. Perhaps the Jets are looking beyond Marshall’s injury-plagued 2014 season that saw him tally only 61 receptions for 721 yards and eight touchdowns. Prior to 2014, Marshall averaged 1,248 yards per season during a seven-year span.
Marshall now provides the Jets with a solid option as the team’s No. 1 receiver opposite Eric Decker.
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