Latest Update (Jan. 31)
Brandon Marshall clarified his comments insinuating he would take a pay cut to remain with the Jets, reports Daniel Popper of the NY Daily News.
Following the Jets season finale, Marshall remarked that he would 'play for free' and that his 'bills were paid' when asked if he would consider restructuring his contract.
"I didn't say I'll take a pay cut," Marshall said Tuesday, referring back to his previous statement. "What I said was I love football so much that I would play football if my bills were paid. I wasn't talking about the New York Jets, or any other team for that matter. I was talking about my love for the game, and how I'm at a point in my career, too, where it's not about the money."
Marshall is owed $7.5 million in the final year of a three-year deal. However, none of that money is guaranteed and the Jets can free themselves of Marshall's contract by releasing him at no expense this offseason.
Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes his production on the field should make him desirable to any team, despite his $7.5 million salary cap, he told WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show.
Marshall, in the final year of his contract with the Jets, told the show that he is one of the top receivers in the game, and that he is in fact underpaid for what his statistics show.
"People need to get away from me due $7.5 [million]," Marshall said Wednesday. "Get away from my salary. That's underpaid. Any team should be happy to have me for $7.5 million."
In 15 games in 2016, Marshall caught 59 passes for 788 yards, a decline from his 109-catch, 1,502-yard campaign in 2015.
"I've probably been underpaid the last six years, if we're really about comparing production to receivers across the league and what I've been doing. ... Now, when you only catch 50-something balls for over 700 yards and you're 30-something years, that's when teams come to you like, 'We don't think you're good anymore.'"