ORCHARD PARK, NY – JANUARY 03: Brandon Marshall #15 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown catch against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Brandon Marshall hasn’t played an NFL snap in almost five years, last appearing as a Seahawks backup in 2018. He didn’t have much left then (his Seahawks tenure lasted all of six games) and probably has a lot less now.

But Marshall says he’d gladly return to New York for a second stint with the Jets if Aaron Rodgers asked him to.

“We’re going to win the Super Bowl. I’m going to be able to contribute at a high level,” said Marshall, plotting a late-career move to tight end after 13 seasons as a wide receiver. “This is what I’m going to give you—45 catches, throughout the year, 20-30 plays a game. I’m going to give you eight touchdowns.”

If you followed Marshall’s career at all, you know he was never in one place for long, changing teams about as often as you’d fill up your Subaru at the local Shell station. The six-time Pro Bowler, however, did enjoy one of his better seasons while playing for the Jets in 2015, tying for the league-lead with a career-high 14 touchdowns.

“If there’s an opportunity to come back, I’m coming back,” said Marshall Thursday on I Am Athlete. “Put me out there, I could still do a jump ball, fades.”

At 6-foot-5, 232 pounds, Marshall certainly has the build to be an effective tight end, though learning a new position on the fly—particularly one that requires blocking expertise—might not be as easy as it looks.

“I’ll watch the games now and I’ll be like, ‘How the hell did I do that?’ And I was a guy that played relentless, fearless,” said Marshall, already having second thoughts about his comeback. “I might get hit the first time and be like, ‘Why did I do this?’”

Luckily for the 39-year-old, it’s doubtful Rodgers—who is actually a few months older than Marshall—will be seeking out his services, allowing him to continue podcasting from the comfort of his own home without risking his life running into a human freight train like Aaron Donald or Micah Parsons.

[I Am Athlete]

About Jesse Pantuosco

Jesse Pantuosco joined Awful Announcing as a contributing writer in May 2023. He’s also written for Audacy and NBC Sports. A graduate of Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a master’s degree in creative writing from Fairfield University, Pantuosco has won three Fantasy Sports Writers Association Awards. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut and never misses a Red Sox, Celtics or Patriots game.