article If you’ve been paying attention to the NFL news lately, you’ll know that the New York Jets are reportedly in negotiations to acquire wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Carolina Panthers.
While it’s been reported for weeks that the Jets were interested in Marshall, it was the Panthers who came up with the most compelling offer.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Carolina-based Panthers are interested in trading up to land Marshall.
Rapoports sources say the Panthers have also been in talks with the New Orleans Saints about acquiring receiver Kenny Stills.
It’s not clear whether the Panthers would be willing to part with Stills and a second-round pick.
There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s dive in.
The Panthers are the only team in the NFL to have a receiver as dynamic as Marshall on their roster.
He’s a legitimate playmaker and has an uncanny ability to make big plays downfield.
The Panthers were one of the first teams to draft Marshall in the 2017 NFL Draft and have a history of drafting and developing elite receivers.
Marshall was the No. 1 overall pick in 2015, and he’s currently second on the Panthers in receiving yards.
He’s a big play threat and is a perfect fit in Carolina.
They have two top-five receivers on their 53-man roster in Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, who have combined for 7,944 yards and 20 touchdowns through five games.
The three-time Pro Bowler is also one of only three receivers in the league to have more than 1,000 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.
Marshall is currently fifth on the team in receiving yardage.
Marshall’s versatility and skill set makes him a dangerous option in a variety of passing situations.
He also has a big-play ability when he’s able to make plays down the field.
Marshall has more than 100 receiving yards on the season and is fourth in the Panthers’ history in receiving touchdowns, averaging 9.3 per game.
Marshall can also be a threat as a kick returner, and Carolina is currently sixth in the NFC in kickoff return average.
The two-time NFL Pro Bowle is a huge upgrade over the Carolina receiving corps of years past.
He has the speed to go up in the air, but he’s also a threat in the red zone.
Marshall also can make big catches downfield, which makes him an ideal fit in a Panthers offense that uses a lot of short routes.
The Carolina Panthers also have the ability to move Marshall into the slot, where he can make plays as a slot receiver.
His athleticism and physical tools make him an excellent fit in the slot.
He can also make plays in the return game, which is where he’s best when he can go up and make big grabs downfield for a touchdown.
The Jets have two of the best returners in the game in Brandon Marshall and Bilal Powell, and Marshall has the skills to make those plays down field.
The Jets are also looking for help at wide receiver, and it looks like they’re looking for a player that can create separation and create separation.
They’ve been working with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and have been linked to wideout Mike Williams.
The only problem is that the two of them are not exactly close in the receiving game.
The former USC star is only averaging 10.1 yards per reception on the year and has only scored one touchdown this season.
It might make sense to trade up for Williams and send a second or third round pick to acquire him.
However, the Jets would likely have to send a first or a third rounder to get the type of return potential that the Panthers can provide.
If the Jets do make the move for Williams, they’d have to trade for Marshall.
The Carolina Panthers are currently ranked 10th in the League in points per game, and they’re also ranked 12th in passing yards per game with the highest efficiency mark in the entire league.
The two-way superstar would be an immediate upgrade at the position.
Marshall would also be one of many players the Jets could use in their wide receiver corps.
The team has been linked with veteran receivers Brandon Tate and Brandon Marshall, but those moves would come with a significant risk.
It would be wise to move quickly if you’re looking to add to your roster.