A few weeks back there were reports surfacing that the Jets had a serious interest in signing Brandon Marshall to an offer sheet.
According to the Denver Post, that was definitely the case. In fact, the Jets even talked contract with Marshall, who was a restricted free agent at the time, but couldn't agree on a deal that worked for both sides. The Broncos would have "gladly" taken the Jets 29th overall pick and the Jets would have a little sizzle to add to the opening of their new stadium, as well as a nice weapon for Mark Sanchez.
Of course, the deal never happened and Marshall's in Miami now.
SB Nation's Jets community, Gang Green Nation, actually prefers the Santonio Holmes trade over Marshall.
Sometimes the trade you don't make is the best one. The Jets got their top flight receiver for a substantially lower price and kept their first round pick. Not only that, but Holmes has the motivation of a contract year, while Marshall would have just cashed in.
That's a good point. At least in 2010, Holmes might have been a better value. But it's hard to ignore Marshall's production with over 100 catches in three of his first four seasons in the NFL.
Though if Marshall had landed in New York, it definitely would've made this season of Hard Knocks the best yet.