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Jets give Brandon Marshall raise in re-worked contract

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Brandon Marshall didn’t just get a change of scenery this offseason — he got a raise, too.

The Jets have re-worked Marshall’s contract, giving him a nice little boost in pay. The wide receiver was scheduled to make $ 7.5 million in salary (along with a $ 200,000 workout bonus) before, but now will make $ 9 million in salary, per NFLPA records. The workout bonus was eliminated.

Next year’s salary went from $ 7.9 million to $ 9.5 million and is guaranteed for injury only. The $ 9.5 million will become fully guaranteed at the start of the next league year. His 2017 total compensation dropped from $ 8.5 million to $ 7.5 million.

Marshall was traded by the Bears to the Jets, along with a seventh-round pick, in exchange for a fifth-round pick on March 10. However, there were other teams willing to trade for Marshall, so the Jets agreed to increase Marshall’s salary to help lure him to New York, according to a source. Marshall agreed to an extension with the Chicago Bears on May 19, 2014, so they had to wait a year after he signed that extension before he could sign this new deal with the Jets.

Nine days after the trade took place, GM Mike Maccagnan said, “It happened kind of quickly, but we felt, really from a value/return standpoint, we thought that gave us the best option to add a player of Brandon’s caliber to our organization.”

The value came from both the relatively low price to acquire Marshall along with what some considered a bargain salary. Obviously the value of the deal went down slightly

with Marshall’s latest raise.

The Jets have $ 4.795 million remaining cap room, according to NFLPA records.

Though Marshall is 31-years old, he instantly boosted the Jets receiving core, which had previously been a weakness for them. Marshall is coming off of a 61-reception, 721-yard and eight-touchdown season with the Bears, but previously had seven consecutive seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards.

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