The New York Jets continued their purge of high-priced veterans on Friday by officially cutting ties with wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
Marshall, New York's leading receiver two years running, joins cornerback Darrelle Revis and center Nick Mangold, who were informed by the team earlier this week they would be released when the new league year opens on March 9.
Combined, the trio will save the Jets more than $28 million in cap space for the 2017 season.
The Jets reportedly expressed interest in bringing Marshall back for a third season in New York, but at a cheaper cost. According to ESPN, the team allowed input from Marshall's camp, which ultimately decided against remaining a part of the Jets' rebuilding efforts.
Marshall shared a heartfelt farewell on his Instagram account.
I want to thank Mr. Woody Johnson, Todd Bowles, Mike Maccagnan and Brian Heimerdinger for bringing me in and embracing me. They are all truly incredible people. My teammates, such a great group of guys whom I will miss like #Crazy ? And to all the great people that make it easy for us players to do what we do best. Clay Thank You. Jackie Thank You. Montelle Thank You. Szott Thank You. Jarred, Eric, Bruce, Nick, Meghan, Jesse Thank You. Andrew, Vito, Jim, Gus Thank You. John, Dave, Ezron, Greg, thank you. D you know you can cook.... Thank You. Justus, Aaron, George, Kevan thanks MeatHeads ????. Juan and Reynaldo I've never seen a facility so clean... Thank You. The New York media -- Manish, Kimberly, Rich, Brian, and so many more on the Beat -- they weren't nearly as scary as everyone told me they would be. I think you guys are people after all ?. I actually cherished the media-- so much so that I have even become a part of it. I want to especially thank the incredibly loyal Jets fans, who were always there for us with their never-ending support. I'm sorry......I'm sorry we couldn't bring you a championship, but I wish you and my former organization the very best in your pursuit for one in the future. I'm looking forward to finding a great organization where I can contribute and bring home a championship. I know I have a lot left to give, and @michi_marshall and I will truly miss the Jets, but we are excited for what lies ahead. #MindOverMatter
Marshall, 32, ranked sixth in the NFL with 109 receptions in 2015, his first season with the Jets after a trade from the Chicago Bears.
New York finished a disappointing 5-11 last season, though, with Marshall hauling in only 59 catches, the lowest total since his rookie season, for 788 yards and three scores in the Jets' anaemic offense. Still, his 168 receptions in two seasons were 63 more than any other Jets receiver over that span.
The 11-year NFL veteran would have counted $7.5 million against the Jets' cap next campaign.
In all, the team has cleared roughly $45 million in salary so far this offseason.