Marshall would make Jets legit contender

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

How much would Brandon Marshall's presence mean for the New York Jets?

Adding him would address the Jets' biggest need and, with consistent play from rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, legitimize head coach Rex Ryan's Super Bowl dreams.

Here's some perspective:

Last year, Marshall played in 15 games for the Denver Broncos. He still caught 104 passes for 1,265 yards and six touchdowns.

That season arguably would be the greatest in Jets receiving history.

The club record for receptions was set in 1988, when Al Toon caught 93 passes.

The last Jets receiver to have as many yards as Marshall did was Don Maynard in 1968. Maynard recorded 1,297 yards with Joe Namath airing it out. A year earlier, Maynard set the record with 1,434 yards.

Marshall's best game last year included 18 receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Clark Gaines set the Jets single-game record with 17 catches for 160 yards in 1980.