Freshly signed New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall did not have many good things to say about his final season with the New York Jets, with whom he played for two years.
“The best way I can describe it is, having a diaper on and never changing it,” Marshall told Inside the NFL in January. “And just sitting in that diaper the whole year.”
Apparently, at least one member of the Jets is as happy to have Marshall off the team as Marshall is to be elsewhere.
“The locker room is a whole lot easier to get along with now,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson told reporters on at the first days of Jets OTAs, according to ESPN.
When pressed for an explanation, Richardson smiled before responding: “Man oh man, y’all are thirsty. Let’s just say I’ve got 15 reasons why it’s better.”
Marshall has worn No. 15 in nine of his 11 NFL seasons, including both with the Jets.
The receiver and the tackle reportedly got into a heated altercation after a Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, and that bad blood spilled over into the rest of the season.
Marshall addressed Richardson’s comments in a text to Newsday.
“Last year was an extremely difficult season for all of us,” Marshall wrote. “Players and coaches fought their tails off trying to get our season turned around and it didn’t happen for us. It was disappointing, but now it’s a fresh year for Sheldon, for myself, for the Jets, and now I’m a Giant and I’m so excited for this opportunity.
“I’m working my butt off to learn the plays. It’s like I’m starting all over again from scratch. I feel like a rookie, and I kind of like that feeling. And hopefully, I can do my job this year to the best of my ability to bring that Lombardi Trophy back where it belongs. That’s my only focus right now and I’m excited to be a New York Football Giant.”