INDIANAPOLIS - Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson are on the Jets roster.
And that's about as far as coach Todd Bowles was willing to go.
Bowles was non-committal about any future plans for either of those two high-profile players when he met with reporters at the NFL scouting combine on Thursday morning. Marshall is in danger of being a salary cap casualty. Richardson, according to multiple NFL sources, is on the trading block.
Bowles insisted that "I want everybody on the team," but he offered no guarantees for those two.
The decision on Marshall, of course, could be mostly financial. He's due $7.5 million in salary in 2017, and the Jets can clear that whole amount off their salary cap books by releasing him. They certainly could use the cap space - especially if they intend on being active in free agency and want to pursue a veteran quarterback - and at age 32, coming off one of his worst seasons, the 6-4, 230-pounder could be expendable - especially with all the young, promising receivers on the Jets.
"Well, he's on our roster now so that's all we go by -- as well as everybody else on the team," Bowles said. "As we go forward and still meet on things we have some decision to make going forward. We'll make them."
Complicating Marshall's situation is the situation with Eric Decker, the Jets' other would-be starting receiver. Decker is coming off hip and shoulder surgery and Bowles said "it's too early to tell" if he'll be ready for the start of training camp this summer. Decker is due $7.25 million in salary and carris a cap number of $8.75 million - which seems far too much for a player about to turn 30 who might not be ready to play in four months.
But, as Bowles said, those decisions are pending. The same is true of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, whom the Jets tried to trade before the trading deadline last fall. Due just over $8 million in the final year of his contract, the 26-year-old Richardson has long seemed like the odd man out in the Jets' defensive line rotation and the expectation has been that the Jets will attempt to deal him before the NFL draft.
Will they? Or does Bowles want Richardson to return?
"I want everybody on the team," Bowles said. "We'll see what the business side brings and we'll see what the football side brings and we'll try to mesh them together.