There has been chatter since the beginning of the offseason that Brandon Marshall could be cut from the Jets. On paper, the Ravens seem like a good suitor. Marshall could replace Steve Smith Sr. in the slot, would not count against compensatory picks - that can now be traded - and generally fits the philosophy the Ravens have employed in the past with regards to wide receivers, signing or trading for established veterans.
Marshall will bring an element of physicality seen in Steve Smith Sr. and Anquan Boldin. He has made a career out of regularly whipping press coverage into oblivion with crafty and violent releases. He has thrived in contested catch situations and is only a year removed from a stellar 109 catch, 1500 yard and 14 touchdown season. Marshall is likely tied to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets will probably move on from the latter, thus rendering Marshall expendable.
Despite all the positives, there is a downside. Marshall is 32, has struggled with injuries in the past season and has a tendency to wear out his welcome. Granted, he has never played in an organization that's as well run and committed to winning as the Ravens, seemingly always finding himself and situation that turn turbulent. With Baltimore, Marshall would be well surrounded, with steadiness at the coaching spot and the best talent he has had to work with at the quarterback spot.
There are warning signs, but if cut, Brandon Marshall could prove to be the addition the Ravens need at wide receiver. Drafting a slot receiver like Ryan Switzer should still be an option as the rookie could learn without the pressure of being thrust in a spot he is not ready for.