Fit-throwing, currently suspended Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall -- our most recent Shmuck of the Week -- is back in the news again, although not over accusations of slapping anyone around, surprisingly enough. Reports surfaced that the New York Jets want to see Marshall in green and white, if not quite badly enough to swap him for linebacker David Harris, allegedly number one on the Broncos wish list. Such a deal appears to be a nonstarter, since word has it that Denver thinks the Jets may be guilty of tampering -- a major NFL no-no. Besides, the Jets have no interest in bidding farewell to Harris, which makes sense. The guy's a beast, and a young one at that, leading the squad in tackles in 2007, his rookie year, and finishing second in that category last season despite being inactive for five games. After looking at his career highlights below, as listed on the Jets' website, there's a good chance you'd like to trade Marshall for him, too.
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◊ Team leader with 117 tackles as a rookie in 2007, the first Jets rookie since LB Stan Blinka in 1979 to lead the team.
◊ Named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team in 2007 along with 2007 first-round selection Darrelle Revis, marking the second consecutive season that the Jets first two draft choices were recognized...First-round choices D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold were All-Rookie choices in 2006.
◊ Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for Nov. 2007 after recording 36 tackles and one sack, including a career high 20-tackle effort in overtime loss to WAS, 11/4/07.
◊ 4/28/07, NYJ, *D2 (47)
*Pick acquired with D7 (235, Chansi Stuckey) from GB for D2 (63, Brandon Jackson), D3 (89, Aaron Rouse) and D6 (191, Korey Hall).
◊ 2008 (JETS) Started 11 games and was inactive for five contests...Ranked second on the team with 87 tackles and also contributed one sack, one fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries and one pass defensed...Led or tied for the team lead in tackles in five contests...Inactive at BUF (11/2), vs. STL (11/9), at NE (11/13), at TEN (11/23) and vs. DEN (11/30) with an injury. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: (10/12 vs. CIN)...Sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick...(9/28 vs. ARI)...Notched a fumble recovery.
◊ 2007 (JETS) Led team with 117 tackles and tied for team lead with five sacks (all five sacks came in the final nine games), playing in all 16 games and starting the final nine contests...Averaged more than 10 tackles during his nine starts...Third Jets rookie since 1991 to record at least 100 tackles in a season (Jonathan Vilma, 118, 2004; Kerry Rhodes, 108, 2005)...Named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November after recording 36 tackles and one sack. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: (12/30 vs. KC)...Sacked Brodie Croyle and led the team with 13 tackles. (12/23 at TEN)... Sacked Vince Young and forced a fumble. (12/2 at MIA)... Named Jets Defensive Player of the Week as he recorded a team-high eight tackles...Sacked John Beck, forcing a fumble that he also recovered. (11/18 vs. PIT)...Registered a sack of Ben Roethlisberger. (11/4 vs. WAS)...Recorded a career high 20 tackles. (10/28 vs. BUF)...Made his first NFL start and sacked Trent Edwards in the third quarter for his first career sack...Recorded a team-high 14 tackles.
BEFORE THE NFL
◊ Finished his career at the University of Michigan with 196 total tackles, four sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
◊ Second team All-American selection as a senior in 2006 by the AP and Sports Illustrated...Semifinalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker...Shared the Bo Schembechler team MVP award with tailback Mike Hart.
◊ Two-year starter at Ottawa Hills (MI) HS, where he recorded 295 total tackles and 16 sacks, while rushing for 734 yards and 15 touchdowns as a fullback.
◊ Set school records for most solo tackles in a season (114) and career (225) as a senior, and most tackles (158) in a season as a junior.
◊ Competed in track and field as a junior.
OFF THE FIELD
◊ General Studies major at Michigan.
◊ Embodied the NFL's commitment to commmunity service by supporting programs benefiting the children and youth of New York City at the 13th Annual Gridiron Gala in 2008.
◊ Participated in the Newark Star Ledger Junior Reporter program in 2007, which motivates participation in classes with dozens of hands-on activities.
◊ Former Jets linebackers coach Jim Herrmann helped recruit David to Michigan...He served as his defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2003-05 at Michigan and linebackers coach in 2007-08 with the Jets.
◊ Married to Jiali Wu.