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The Jets can cross “Find a No. 1 receiver” off their offseason to-do list.
Marshall will cost New York $7.7 million against the cap. That’s the 18th highest cap hit for receiver in the league — a good value for a top-10 receiver when healthy.
With Marshall and Eric Decker on the outside and the underrated Jeremy Kerley in the slot, Percy Harvin is the odd man out. And none of Harvin’s $10.5 million salary is guaranteed, so the Jets can let him go without any cost.
Essentially, the Jets turned a fifth-round pick and Percy Harvin into Brandon Marshall and $2.8 million in cap space.
That brings the Jets up to around $46 million in cap room to fill out the roster, per Spotrac. They could use an edge rusher, some help on the offensive line and any defensive back they can get their hands on.
With free agents like DE Jerry Hughes, CB Antonio Cromartie and OT Bryan Bulaga available, New York can address those needs.
The Jets also hold the sixth overall pick in a deep draft. If they can pick up impact free agents, a trade back for more picks could be the move. New York can drop back a few spots and still pick up Michigan State CB Trae Waynes or Iowa OT Brandon Scherff.
If new coach Todd Bowles can cobble together a top-10 defense, it could make up for having a question mark at the quarterback position. With the level of talent the Jets could have, quarterback Geno Smith will only be asked not to screw everything up.